Nissan has received a 'Green Hero Award' from motoring website Electrifying.com in honour of its pioneering investment in zero emission vehicles and plans for sustainable electric vehicle manufacturing.
The award recognises Nissan's roadmap towards carbon neutrality, with a £1bn UK investment in sustainable EV production technologies, as well as the global success of the Nissan LEAF, which was first launched in 2010.
A team of five judges ranked Nissan as the best performing EV brand, stating that its “long history of pioneering in the field of electric vehicles” and a “joined-up approach to manufacturing which showed real depth of thought into reducing impact on the environment” on a global and local scale.
Nissan have turned their plans into action with their solar and wind farms, recycling programs and the use or shorter supply chains brought by local production. The EV36Zero plane are already becoming reality as work has already started on a second solar farm at the plant, which will have a combined output of 20MW. This energy would allow Nissan to use green energy to build one in every five cars in Sunderland, with 20% of the plant's energy coming from the onsite renewable energy farms.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, SVP for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Nissan Europe, said:
“We are delighted to receive this award for our pioneering work with electric vehicles since 2010, including the Nissan LEAF, which is proudly built by our manufacturing team here in the UK. “As our recent EV36Zero announcements show, Nissan is investing £1bn into sustainable and future-proof manufacturing in Sunderland as part of a global plan to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050. “We would like to thank the Electrifying.com team for this award and all the great work that they are doing to advance awareness and importance of sustainability in the automotive industry.”
Ginny Buckley, Founder and CEO of Electrifying.com, said:
"Nissan was a trailblazer with its electric cars and is now at the forefront of moving to sustainable production. From the food we buy to the cars we drive, consumers are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint with Electrifying.com research showing that two out of three people are concerned about the environmental impact of how their car was made. Our Green Hero award will help car buyers looking for clarity in this area and shine a light on the work Nissan is doing."