Nissan’s new ‘gigafactory’ in the UK will create 2,000 jobs.
Nissan is expected to create 2,000 jobs in England when it develops a “gigafactory” to make batteries for electric automobiles.
Later this week, the UK’s largest carmaker is likely to announce the news. According to reports, the factory, which is intended to be an expansion of the company’s Sunderland headquarters, may indirectly create thousands of jobs. The UK government is reportedly helping to the cost of establishing the battery manufacturing plant on Wearside, where electric vehicles are already produced.
The government’s contribution amount has not been revealed, but the project is likely to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Yesterday, Nissan refused to confirm the accusations, but a spokeswoman said, “Our Sunderland facility has played a pioneering role in expanding the market, having begun EV and battery manufacture in the UK in 2013 for the Nissan Leaf.”
“As previously said, we will continue to electrify our lineup as part of our worldwide journey to carbon neutrality, but we have no more plans to announce at this time.”
Under government efforts to reduce environmental impact, all new petrol and diesel automobiles and vans will be banned from sale by 2030.
Nissan will work with China-based battery company Envision to create new battery operations in the UK and Japan, according to a Japanese media outlet.