Nissan Ceases Production of LEAF at UK Plant

Posted by John 15/03/2024 0 Comment(s)

This week marks a significant transition for Nissan as the automaker concludes production of its iconic all-electric LEAF at its Sunderland facility in the UK. Having sold over 650,000 LEAF vehicles globally, with more than 280,000 manufactured at the Sunderland plant, Nissan is making way for its next generation of electric vehicles, which will include a replacement for the LEAF.

Introduced in 2010 as the world's first mass-market electric vehicle, LEAF production commenced at the Sunderland site three years later. The facility is currently undergoing modifications to accommodate the construction of three new all-electric models, including one set to replace the LEAF. Nissan is investing a substantial sum of up to $3.8 billion (£3 billion) to adapt the plant for the production of the Electric Qashqai, Juke, and the next-generation LEAF EV.

As part of Nissan's broader strategy to transition to an all-electric lineup by 2030, the company has announced that all new models sold in Europe will be exclusively electric.

The decision to halt LEAF production in the UK comes amidst a decline in sales for the existing model, with newer electric vehicle models gaining traction in the market. To stay competitive, Nissan aims to redefine the LEAF as a crossover coupe SUV with a lower profile and sportier styling compared to the Juke and Qashqai.

Sources suggest that Nissan's upcoming LEAF, positioned as a "mini Ariya," shares similarities with the company's first global electric SUV, the Ariya. The Chill-Out concept, according to Nissan, provides a glimpse into the design direction of the next LEAF.

In a bid to address evolving consumer needs and expectations, Nissan has informed retailers that the new LEAF will feature a substantially different design compared to its predecessor, accompanied by a remarkable 25% increase in range. This move signals Nissan's commitment to advancing electric vehicle technology and remaining at the forefront of the rapidly evolving automotive industry.

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