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Nissan Leaf £26.5m battery investment secures 300 jobs

Worker at Nissan plant Image copyright Nissan
Image caption About 300 jobs will be secured at the battery plant

Nissan has announced plans to invest £26.5m in its production of electric vehicle batteries, safeguarding 300 jobs at its plant in Sunderland.

In 2011, the company benefited from £189m of European funding to build the Leaf and the lithium-ion batteries.

Since 2013, production of the Leaf has supported more than 2,000 jobs at Nissan and in its UK supply chain.

A Nissan spokesman said the new investment shows their "long-term commitment" to zero-emission motoring.

The money will be used on projects to develop and improve the batteries.

The Nissan Leaf was the first electric car to be mass-produced in the UK - about 60,000 batteries are produced at the plant each year.

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