Japanese car manufacturers Nissan and Toyota have given a boost to the UK car industry by announcing plans to produce low carbon batteries, engines and cars at sites across the UK.
Nissan, currently the UK’s biggest car exporter, are planning a £200 million electric car battery plant at its existing site in Sunderland. The plant will create 350 new jobs and should produce over 60,000 lithium-ion batteries per year ready for the sale of environmentally friendly electric cars in the US and Japan next year.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, said:
“This is good news not just for the North-East, but for the whole of the UK, helping to attract foreign investment and securing the UK's place as a global leader in hi-tech manufacturing and automotive industries.”
Toyota has also announced that they will start production of a hybrid version of their popular Auris hatchback at their Burnaston plant in Derbyshire by mid 2010. The cars will be fitted with engines from their Flintshire plant in North Wales, a decision which has been described by Welsh Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones as a “huge boost” to manufacturing in Wales.
Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant is also in the frame to produce GM’s new hybrid car, the Ampera.
As well as safeguarding jobs this also demonstrates how environmental technologies can boost our local economies. These announcements come as great news to the UK car industry, and represent a great opportunity for the Government to achieve its target of making the UK the 'green car' capital of Europe.
Posted under Fuel Efficiency, Automotive and Environmental Technologies on 24 July 2009