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UK: Nissan to build Leaf in UK from 2013

Nissan Motor has received EUR220m from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the integration of new machinery and tooling for production of electric Leaf model in Sunderland, UK.

The production will start in Sunderland in 2013 with an initial production capacity of around 50,000 vehicles per annum.

The funding will also support the production of lithium-ion electric vehicle battery cells which is planned for early 2012 at Sunderland plant.

The automaker has invested GBP420m (EUR468.2m) in the battery and LEAF projects and are expected to maintain about 2,250 jobs at Nissan and across the UK supply chain.

The investment is also supported by a GBP20.7m (EUR23.1m) Grant for Business Investment (GBI) from the UK Government.

EIB vice president of UK Simon Brooks said new Nissan investment to produce the Nissan LEAF model demonstrates the commercial emergence of electric vehicles from research intensive concept cars.
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