20.12.2017New Nissan LEAF production starts in Sunderland
Nissan has started production of the new LEAF 40kWh at its Sunderland plant, which will manufacturer all of the company's best-selling EVs heading to European customers.
First models of the second-generation LEAF are rolling down the production line, with customers due to receive their cars from February.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan Europe Divisional Vice President for Manufacturing, said: "Nissan led the way in introducing electric vehicles to Europe in 2011, and every year since then itâ€™s been clear that more and more customers share our vision for the future of driving. We're excited to start production in Sunderland and to bring the new Nissan LEAF to European markets from February."
The new model's official driving range is 235 miles on a single charge, and the LEAF 40kWh boasts technology such as a new e-Pedal for 'one-pedal' driving capability, and ProPILOT systems for semi-autonomous driving and parking assistance.
The LEAF has been produced in the North East since 2013 for European markets, with more than 85,000 units sold on the continent since it's launch in 2011.