Nissan Sunderland's future secured by Brexit trade deal

24 Janvier, 2021, 05:34 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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The vehicle maker said it will move additional battery production close to the plant where it has 6,000 direct employees and supports almost 70,000 jobs in the supply chain, according to the BBC.

By the end of 2023 all Nissan cars sold in Europe will have an electrified version, Gupta said, adding that it will then be up to customers to decide how quickly they switch from traditional combustion engines.

Nissan will source more batteries from Britain to avoid tariffs on electric cars after the UK's trade deal with the European Union, which a senior executive told Reuters turned Brexit from a risk into an opportunity for its factory in northeast England.

Japanese auto maker Nissan has confirmed it will remain committed to its Sunderland plant in the northeast of England as a result of the post-Brexit trade deal reached between Britain and the European Union (EU), the BBC reported Friday. It said this will affect the line which produces the Qashqai and Leaf vehicles but that production will be back to normal next week. The model was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. "We anticipate that production will resume on Monday next week".

"Sunderland is one of the top three plants in the world for competitiveness for Nissan".

The Brexit architect took to Twitter to comment on the latest post-Brexit announcement on business in the UK.

Nissan's chief operating officer has said that Brexit "is a positive" for the carmaker, and that it will be moving battery production from Japan to Britain. They remain tariff-free. "We are committed to Sunderland for the long term under the business conditions that have been agreed".

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that Nissan's decision to source batteries from Britain to avoid tariffs was a great vote of confidence.

Sharon Hodgson, the Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, said; "I welcome the news of Nissan's confidence".

Nissan's commitment followed more worrying warnings from the boss of Vauxhall's parent company last week.

Without UK electric vehicle output, Stellantis Chief Executive Carlos Tavares has criticized a UK ban on the sale of new conventional cars from 2030, as it decides the future of its factory.

The EU is Britain's largest trading partner.

Andy Palmer, former boss of Aston Martin and current chairman of electric bus maker Switch Mobility, said that 800,000 jobs depend on the United Kingdom government investing in battery technology.

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