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Leading electric vehicle development with a quarter of all European output

Research, production, demonstration and use. North East England is at the forefront of every facet of the electric vehicle revolution.

Car giant Nissan has produced the electric Nissan LEAF at its European HQ in Sunderland since 2013, using lithium-ion batteries produced in the city.

Output for its electric LEAF model has doubled to more than 17,000 annually with 200,000 customers worldwide.

Nissan Manufacturing plant in North East England provides one quarter of all European Electric vehicle production.

Located next to Nissan is a lithium-ion battery plant, which is using pioneering materials to increase battery performance and longevity.

Sunderland based Hyperdrive Innovation is just one example of a supply chain partner leading the way in R&D, designing and building lithium-ion battery systems for automotive, off highway, industrial, marine and stand-by power applications.

In 2019, Hyperdrive Innovation opened its own battery manufactuing plant, HYVE, creating the UK’s largest independent manufacturing facility of its type outside of major OEM’s.

Other world-leading low carbon pioneers in North East England are BorgWarner, which manufactures electric vehicle controls.

We are also home to AVID Technology Ltd. which specialises in the design and manufacture of electrified powertrain components and systems for heavy-duty, high-performance electric (EV) and hybrid vehicles (HEV).

Our region is pioneering academic research into low carbon vehicle technologies.

Take Zero Carbon Futures. It champions innovation in low carbon vehicle technology and, backed by UK Government finance, is taking forward a range of initiatives including research into battery charging and second life.

In a similar vein, the Transport Operations Research Group (TORG), based at Newcastle University, is conducting a trial of electric vehicles and public charging infrastructure across our region.