British jobs secured as Nissan electric car to be built in Sunderland

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Japanese carmaker Nissan has announced it will build its electric car at its Sunderland plant.

The announcement will safeguard hundreds of jobs when production begins in 2013 a�� as part of a A?420 million investment from Nissan.

Meanwhile, Trevor Mann at Nissan said the Government had played a major part in the carmaker’s decision to build the electric car, called the Leaf, in Sunderland.

At the Sunderland plant, around 50,000 Nissan Leaf hatchbacks, which run entirely on lithium-ion batteries, will roll off the production line a year.

According to Nissan, the Leaf will be a�?the world’s first affordable, mass-produced, zero-emission cara�?. However, the company has not yet disclosed how much the Leaf will cost.

Commenting on the decision by the carmaker, Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson, said: a�?This investment is a fantastic vote of confidence in the Sunderland plant and its excellent workforce.a�?

Nissan has made cars in the North East since the mid 1980s and produced 338,000 last year, with a workforce of more than 4,000.

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