Following the announcement from Nissan, Sharon Hodgson MP, who has been calling for this investment since last year, said:
“I am thrilled with Nissan’s announcement which has the potential to transform car-making in the UK.
“Nissan’s confidence to make their next electric vehicle model in Sunderland is testament to the incredible skill of our region’s world-class workforce, and certifies the Sunderland plant’s position as the jewel in the Nissan crown.
“Having worked closely with Nissan to raise in Parliament the necessity of investment in battery technology for the long-term success of operations, I am delighted to see firm commitment with the announcement of a local Gigafactory.
“This is a massive sigh of relief for us all and will help the UK as we move through complex trading arrangements towards the 2030 electrification goal, as well as bringing a further 6,200 high quality jobs across the whole supply chain.
“I will continue to work closely with Nissan to help build and support a localised supply chain for components, so that tariff-free trade can continue in the coming years.
“This announcement is also testament to Sunderland City Council’s dedication to becoming a city of the future, providing green energy, green jobs and green investment.
“This collaboration between Sunderland Council, Nissan, Envision AESC with support from the Government will ensure that Nissan stays on the map as a global automotive superpower, with our region reaping the rewards.
“The North-East fuelled the industrial revolution with coal, and 200 years later we are taking a leading role in the development of the green revolution with our automotive giant – we should all be very proud.”
Sharon Hodgson MP
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller said:
After months of partnership working with Nissan, Envision Group and UK Government, I am thrilled that Sunderland has been chosen as the base of Nissan 36Zero, a £1bn flagship Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub that will create a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem.
We are committed to carbon neutrality and have set ambitious targets. Alongside this, we have a real commitment to being a digitally connected city through fibre and 5G that will contribute to and enable the Made Smarter agenda, helping drive further efficiencies in manufacturing and the supply chain, and placing Sunderland as a world-leading sustainable smart city.
Today vindicates the unwavering belief this council has in the city’s ability to drive the electric revolution, working in partnership with the private sector and Government to bring nationally significant projects to fruition, and creating jobs and prosperity for our people and businesses in the process. Today is a momentous one for the city, and the product of months of hard work that will deliver many years of benefit for Sunderland and its people.
We are delighted that all the hard work by everyone at Sunderland City Council and our MP, Sharon Hodgson, has led to this hugely significant announcement.
Cllr Graeme Miller