Nissan invests in electric cars Answered
Motor-manufacturer Nissan have announced a Â£200 million ($330 million) investment in a factory intended to produce lithium ion batteries for electric cars.
Along with the news from Nissan, Peter Mandelson (Business Secretary) said a "low-carbon economic area" would be established in the North East.
As part of the project, 750 charging points would be installed across the region and a training centre specialising in the manufacture and maintenance of low-carbon vehicles would be set up.
"The North East has distinguished itself as the first specialised region for ultra-low-carbon vehicles," Lord Mandelson said.
The announcement from Nissan comes only days after its Japanese rival Toyota said it would start manufacturing the new Auris hybrid petrol-electric vehicle at its plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire from mid-2010.