Nissan Electric Vehicle Hub EV36Zero optimises EV generation
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Nissan Electric Vehicle Hub EV36Zero optimises EV generation 

Nissan, a Japanese automaker, has unveiled the Nissan EV36Zero, a £1 billion flagship Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub in the United Kingdom, intending to achieve carbon neutrality and establish a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem.

What is the Project?

Nissan, Sunderland City Council, and Envision AESC, a green-tech battery manufacturer, launched the project. The project builds around three main pillars: the construction of a new gigafactory, the production of a new all-electric crossover, and the use of 100% renewable energy from a new microgrid. These steps are taking to electrify the lineup of the company while also achieving carbon neutrality.

Nissan president and CEO Makoto Uchida said this study is part of the breakthrough efforts of Nissan to achieve CO2 neutrality throughout the whole product life cycle. He added that their adjunct approach does not just include developing and manufacturing electricity but consumption of onboard batteries as energy storage and secondary use.

Collaborate with Envision AESC: Source of Investment

Nissan will collaborate with Envision AESC, which supplies batteries for the Leaf and eNV200 in the UK for the past nine years. Envision AESC will invest £450 million in favour of the new model allocation to build the first Giga factory of Britain in the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), a renewable-energy powered international manufacturing park. It will start as a 9GWh plant, but with future investments, it could grow to 35GWh. The new plant will reduce the cost of EV batteries, but it will also manufacture Gen 5 battery cells that are 30% denser and have a higher range. Both of these factors may hasten the adoption of EVs in the coming years.

"The task of the Envision Group is to provide global companies, governments, and cities with a net-zero choice for technology," said Envision Group founder and CEO Lei Zhang. "Their dedication to helping us achieve our global goal of making high-performance, longer-range EV batteries cheap and accessible to millions of EVs builds on our long-term partnership with Nissan," he added. "By 2030, increased demand may result in up to £1.8 billion in new investment, 25GWh of additional capacity, and 4,500 employment. It will put the Northeast at the heart of a new EV centre in the UK, cooperating on research and development throughout the full battery lifetime, from storage to second life usage, V2G efficient charging, and applying standard sustainability,” he concluded.

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An official statement by UK Prime Minister

"The announcement made by Nissan to build a new generation all-electric vehicle in Sunderland is a major vote of trust in the UK while working together with a new gigas factory from Envision-AESC", UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. He further added, "This is a key moment in our revolutionary electric vehicle and ensures the future in the decades ahead, building on over 30 years of history in the area."

How can this project be able to generate job opportunities?

The project is consists of 6,200 jobs at Nissan and its UK suppliers based on its production history and more than 1,650 new jobs at Nissan and Envision AESC. The project will modernise and expand the EV capacity of the company in the UK over the long term.

The production of a new all-electric crossover will cost £423 million out of the total budget. This new vehicle will be designed for global markets and will build on the Alliance CMF-EV platform. Nissan designed and developed this platform in collaboration with Renault, and it is sharing between the two companies. This platform will assist reconstruct the one found in the Nissan Leaf and in the Nissan Ariya, which is preparing to hit the market next year. 

The AESC project monitors and optimises AIoT technology energy consumption, production and maintenance. It will boost the production of batteries and power up to 100,000 Nissan EVs annually. With the new Gen5 battery cell the cost-competitiveness of nationally manufactured EV batteries is increasing by 30 per cent, improved range and efficiency. It will power new Nissan vehicles and make batteries cheaper for the customers and EVs more accessible in the future.

Assistance provided by Sunderland City Council

Sunderland City Council will provide a 100% renewable microgrid, which will help save 55,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Nissan providing Existing solar and wind farms will be incorporated.

Meanwhile, Sunderland City Council plans to develop a 100% renewable electric 'Microgrid' to save 55,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Incorporating the existing Nissan wind and solar farms, preliminary plans indicate that ten solar farms could be built, with a total capacity of 132MW and a direct connection to renewable energy from the grid.

This project includes plans to develop a 1MW battery storage system using Nissan EV/Envis AESC batteries of its second life. It will capture and otherwise use excess energy generated during the day to offset demand in the grid.

Official Statement by Sunderland City Council Leader Graeme Miller

Sunderland City Council Leader Graeme Miller said, "We are committing to make Sunderland a city carbon neutral by 2040, with electrification a key element for that vision.” He added, "Announcement made today places Sunderland at the epicentre of European electric vehicle manufacturing. It reaffirms the strong belief of the council in the ability to steer the electric revolution. It helps in collaborating with the private sector and the federal government to bring nationally significant projects to fruition, creating jobs and prosperity for our residents and businesses while delivering cleaner, greener cars.”

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