Electric vehicles

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 in Sunderland is the home of electric Nissan LEAF production and to EV battery manufacture. It has invested more than £400m in electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery production at Sunderland.

Output for its electric LEAF model has doubled to more than 17,000 annually with 200,000 customers worldwide. Nissan North East provides one quarter of all European Electric Vehicle production.

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.

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

We are also home to Avid Group which specialises in low emission products, including electric all-terrain vehicles.

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.

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