Electric North East England


Home to Europe’s first electric gigafactory and recent investments from Nissan, AESC and Turntide Technologies totalling over £2 billion, the North East is rapidly emerging as the UK leader in the electric vehicle (EV) and battery sectors.

Founded on a pedigree of engineering and high value manufacturing, the region is home to a cluster of companies that include global OEMs to highly innovative SMEs. We have a unique asset base for producing, innovating and demonstrating solutions across the whole spectrum of industries relating to electrification.

Our experience of electrification, combined with the materials and supply chains that automotive businesses need, puts the North East way ahead of other UK regions. The sector is set to create up to 78,000 new jobs in the UK by 2040, and North East is the prime location for investment in electrification technologies.

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“For Nissan, our plant in Sunderland, North East England, is absolutely fundamental. Nissan has an objective to be the number one Asian brand in Europe and the plant in Sunderland is the kingpin of that. The plant’s efficient work practices, helped in no small measure by excellent industrial relations, also contribute.”

Trevor Mann
Former Executive Vice President, Nissan

The North East is an excellent location for a progressive technology business like Hyperdrive to be based. The local manufacturing businesses, North East Automotive Alliance and academic institutions, coupled with the outstanding support from Sunderland City Council, has helped Hyperdrive grow at the extraordinary rate that it has

Stephen Irish
Commercial Managing Director, Hyperdrive Innovation

Cramlington is an ideal location for a company like AVID. We are close to the city of Newcastle and have 4 excellent universities that are all known for specialisms in engineering within a short distance. But we also have some fantastic countryside and coastlines in the area that provides an excellent quality of life for employees with reasonable property costs and excellent transport links. 

Ryan Maughan
Managing Director, AVID Technolgy Ltd.

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