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Nissan Leaf Flies Off UK Production Line

The first all-electric car to be built in the UK has rolled off the production line.

The manufacturing of Nissan’s Leaf, which until today had been built solely in Japan, was shifted to Sunderland after the Japanese firm chose its UK plant for a £420m investment.

The car, which has had 100 upgrades to its design since it took to the roads two years ago, has shifted just over 50,000 models worldwide to date.

Critics suggest that is because motorists are yet to be convinced by the all-electric concept, previously identifying poor ranges, bad handling because of heavy batteries and thin tyres with recharging rates too slow.

Nissan has argued that its improvements address many concerns.

The five-seater hatchback, which goes on sale this summer, can travel about 125 miles on a single charge – powered by lithium-ion batteries which are also being made in the North East.

Nissan’s Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said: “Today’s announcement progresses Nissan’s unwavering commitment to zero emissions motoring.


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