Nissan has announced ‘EV36Zero’, a new GBP 1 billion (around EUR 1.17 billion) flagship EV Hub centred around the Sunderland (UK) plant. The company has allocated a new EV to this factory as part of the transformational project, and it has released a teaser of the upcoming model’s concept version.
The new Nissan EV looks like an SUV-coupe that is lower and flatter than the Nissan Ariya. Think of it as Nissan’s take on Renault’s Arkana, with more dramatic proportions and high-tech design elements, and, of course, everything in an eco-friendly zero-emission package.
There’s a strong possibility that we are looking at the concept that will lead to the Nissan Leaf successor. If that’s the case, it should have low-spec, economic configurations costing between EUR 30,000 and EUR 35,000. Of course, with higher specifications (at a higher price), it could compete with the VW ID.5 as well, with versions targeting city users and then those who take excursions.
Platform & Specifications
Nissan is developing the electric vehicle on the alliance platform that debuted in the Ariya – CMF-EV. Though it hasn’t released the specs, we know the technical possibilities of this base. With a streamlined body lighter than the Ariya, it may have the capability of a 500 km (311 miles) range as per WLTP with an 87 kWh (net)/90 kWh (gross) battery pack. The Ariya supports fast-charging at 130 kW, but given that this model is still a few years away, we reckon a 200+ kW charging capacity could be an internal target.
The CMF-EV platform is more capable than what’s Nissan has so far announced for models. In C and D segment vehicles, this platform allows a range of up to 580 km (360 miles) as per WLTP. In addition to an anxiety-free range, benefits include great roominess because of a large wheelbase and a flat floor.
The batteries of the new Nissan EV will likely come from the gigafactory Envision AESC plans to construct in Douai, France, in 2024. The battery maker will contribute to the GBP 1 billion (around EUR 1.17 billion) investment in the new EV manufacturing ecosystem in the UK.
Nissan’s investment in the UK
Nissan says that it will invest up to GBP 423 billion (approx. EUR 492 million) to produce the new electric SUV coupe at the Sunderland plant where it currently makes the Leaf, Juke and Qashqai models. The company is forecasting an annual production capacity of up to 100,000 units for electric SUV. It doesn’t talk about other production locations, but if this is indeed a Leaf replacement, we see no reason why the company’s plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, wouldn’t make it for the U.S. and Canada.
Nissan EV teased
Perhaps Nissan has a different model plan for the U.S. market. In addition to the SUV-coupe you see above, Nissan has teased one more future EV. The company offered a glimpse of the mysterious EV in a new video of the Ariya on its YouTube channel for the U.S. market, which could be a derivative of the British-made e-SUV.
Nissan teasing the EV first to the American audience indicates that it’s a U.S.-focused model. The company showing it with a marker light right in the first teaser strengthens that speculation. The mystery model has slanted angular headlamps with a C-shaped signature light on its edges, and the headlamps connect to what seems to be a hexagonal grille.
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