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NISSAN LAUNCHES ELECTRIFIED MODELS AT SUNDERLAND PLANT


Electrified versions of Nissan's Qashqai and Juke models are now rolling off the lines at its Sunderland plant as part of a major investment programme.

The Nissan Qashqai crossover is now available with its e-POWER system, and the Juke is now equipped with a hybrid powertrain.

The new powertrains have been launched as combined production of the two crossover models has passed five million units in Sunderland.

Following the launch, every model built by Nissan in the UK now has an electrified version.

The vehicles form part of a previously revealed £500m investment into the plant to build the current generations of Qashqai and Juke.

New facilities installed include a £30m battery assembly facility where battery packs are made for both the e-POWER and hybrid powertrains before being delivered to be fitted into vehicles.

Alan Johnson, Nissan vice president for manufacturing in the UK, said: "With more than five million customers, Qashqai and Juke are two of our plant's most successful and popular models ever.

"Both e-POWER and hybrid technologies are firsts for the team in Sunderland, so it's fantastic to see the electrified versions rolling off our two production lines."

The launches come after Nissan announced Sunderland Plant as the home of EV36Zero, a £1bn flagship electric vehicle manufacturing ecosystem bringing together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production.

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