Nissan is announced the winner of the Sustainability Initiative Award at the sixth annual Auto Trader New Car Awards, recognising its plans to create a sustainable EV manufacturing hub in the UK. Named EV36Zero, the project was launched in June 2021 with an initial £1 billion investment by Nissan and partners Envision AESC, who are a global player in world leading battery technology, as well as Sunderland council where the facility will be based.
Andrew Humberstone, Nissan GB's managing director said:
“We are delighted to receive this award, which recognises Nissan’s progress towards its carbon neutrality goals and its ongoing commitment to zero emission motoring for all. Nissan is creating a future-proof and sustainable EV manufacturing hub right here in the UK, and we will see the first tangible results later this year with the formal opening of the newly expanded solar farm.”
EV36Zero brings together three initiatives: Electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, which set the blueprint for the future in the automotive industry. Included in the plans is the expansion of the already existing solar farm on the NMUK site, which will generate enough renewable energy to build every electric Nissan LEAF sold in not only the UK, but the whole of Europe. A new generation all electric crossover will also be produced in the UK as part of the package.
Envision AESC, aim to build the UK's first Gigafactory which will be fully powered by sustainable, renewable energy sources, allowing them to pioneer next-generation battery technology. Construction of the site is set to begin Summer 2022.
Honouring Nissan’s achievement, judges from the Carbon Literacy Project said:
“Nissan’s initiative effectively combines the multiple elements needed in the transition to successfully becoming a more sustainable automaker. Nissan’s strategies set a whole new precedent for the industry as a whole, well done!”
This award is designed with the aim or recognising manufacturers who have launched sustainability initiatives within the last year, that can range from employee schemes, product features, new apps, engineering advancements and industry-wide initiatives.
The All-New Nissan LEAF has a fresh look for 2022 and is packed with the latest in technology and features a longer driving range than ever before, with up to 239 miles* on a single charge. It's the pinnacle of Nissan’s Intelligent Driving Technology. Headlining these new features are ProPILOT**, ProPILOT Park and e-Pedal, as well as Nissan’s well-establish Safety Shield technologies which include: Intelligent Lane Intervention; Lane Departure Warning; Intelligent Emergency Braking; Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition; Rear Cross Traffic Alert; and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection and Emergency Brake Assist.
*Range figures are obtained from laboratory testing in accordance with EU legislation and are intended for comparison between the different types of vehicles. The information does not refer to a particular individual vehicle and does not constitute part of the offer. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare figures with vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. The electric range shown achieved using the new (WLTP) test procedure. Figures obtained after the battery was fully charged. Actual real world driving results may vary depending on factors such as the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted after registration, weather conditions, driving styles and vehicle load.
**ProPILOT standard on Tekna and e+, is an Advanced Driver Assist technology but cannot prevent collisions. ProPILOT is intended for “Eyes on/ Hands On” for highways only (road separated by Barriers). It is the driver’s responsibility to stay alert, drive safely and be able to take control of the vehicle at any time.