Nissan’s Zero Emission Centre of Excellence to be based in the UK

27 March 2012 #SMMT News

Nissan recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Gateshead College, North East England, to develop a Zero Emission Centre of Excellence (ZECE). At the heart of this new agreement will be the creation of industry-leading electric vehicle technology, jobs and apprenticeships, while further establishing the UK as a global leader in low carbon technology.

Nissan already has a longstanding relationship with Gateshead College for the training and development of staff at its Sunderland plant and established the Gateshead College Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation.

The new centre will provide the manufacturing base for Nissan’s cutting edge quick charger technology, which allows ChadMo compliant electric vehicles to charge to 80% in just 30 minutes. ZECE will also focus on renewable energy storage and exploring opportunities for employing used lithium-ion batteries from Nissan electric vehicles.

Etienne Henry, Vice President Product Strategy and Planning, and Head of Nissan’s Zero Emission Business Unit in Europe, said, “This  project will help Nissan to investigate the unique opportunities that our electric vehicle business brings as regards to charging infrastructure and battery second life.

“With production of the Nissan LEAF coming to Sunderland in early 2013, the North East will become the epicentre of electric vehicle expertise in Europe.”

Richard Thorold, Principal, Gateshead College, said, “This exciting new development will build upon recent investments by Nissan, the North East of England, the UK government and the College, and takes us forward as a centre at the forefront of international automotive and low carbon technology.”

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