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Automotive News, March 2021

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Nissan announces plans for major expansion of renewable energy at Sunderland Plant.

The Proposal would generate enough power to build every Nissan LEAF sold in Europe, as Nissan heads towards a carbon-neutral future.

Nissan has announced plans for a major expansion to renewable energy generation at its record-breaking plant in Sunderland, UK.  Complementing the plant’s existing wind turbines and solar farm, the proposed 20MW solar farm extension represents a further step in Nissan’s path to carbon neutrality.

If approved, the 37,000-panel extension would result in 20% of the plant’s energy coming from all onsite renewables, enough to build every single zero-emission Nissan LEAF sold in Europe.

https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/nissan-announces-plans-major-expansion-renewable-energy-sunderland-plant/

Luxury car giant Aston Martin has pledged to manufacture all of its electric cars in the UK from 2025.

As first reported in the Financial Times, owner Lawrence Stroll said all of its battery sports cars will be made at its plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire.  Its electric SUV models will be made at St Athan in Glamorgan, he confirmed.

The company is due to start making hybrid versions of its cars over the next four years, followed by battery-only models.

A growing number of car makers have said they are moving away from petrol and diesel engines, including Jaguar Land Rover, which announced last month its Jaguar brand will be all-electric by 2025.  It comes as the UK government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-56315124

Volvo Cars is only going to sell electric vehicles by 2030, the Swedish firm has said.

It will phase out all car models with internal combustion engines by then, including hybrids.  The carmaker is also planning to invest heavily in online sales and simplifying its products.

It is trying to capitalise on growing demand for electric cars, including in China, which is already one of its biggest markets.  Carmakers are also responding to pressure from governments around the world to beef up their electric car plans.

New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, for example.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56245618

UK car production fell -27.3% in January to 86,052 units, according to the latest figures issued today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). With a fall of 32,262, this was the worst January performance since 2009, and a 17th consecutive month of decline.  Multiple factors, including the ongoing effects of the pandemic, global supply chain issues, extended shutdowns and friction in the new trading arrangements following the end of the Brexit transition period, affected output.

Car manufacturing for both home and overseas markets was down, to 16,692 and 69,360 units respectively, representing falls of -18.3% and -29.1%.

While exports still accounted for more than eight in 10 of all cars made in the month, shipments to major markets the EU, US and Asia all fell by double digits, down -26.2%, 34.5% and -36.1%.

https://www.smmt.co.uk/2021/02/january-uk-car-production-falls-27-3-as-industry-calls-for-measures-to-support-competitiveness/

UK production of commercial vehicles (CVs) declined -31.5% in January, with just 5,616 units leaving factory gates, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, friction in trade with the EU following the Brexit deal and weak demand all affected output, resulting in a fourth consecutive month of decline and the worst start to the year since 2015.1

https://www.smmt.co.uk/2021/02/uk-commercial-vehicle-manufacturing-down-31-5-in-january/

Plans for a ‘gigafactory’ that is hoped will bring 3,000 jobs to the North East have taken a step forward after detailed plans for the scheme were lodged.

Electric vehicle battery firm Britishvolt has submitted a planning application with Northumberland County Council for the scheme on the site of the former Blyth Power Station. It is hoped that the scheme could ultimately create 8,000 new jobs at the plant and its supply chain.

The company says it is detailed talks with some of the world’s largest car manufacturers and is well on track to raise the funding needed to make the plant a reality.  Now it has appealed for people in the area to get behind its plans so that it can meet the tight timescales it has set to get the factory up and running by 2023.

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/britishvolt-builds-momentum-plans-create-19941837