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UK to produce Nissan electric car

Nissan is to build its new electric car - the Leaf - at its Sunderland plant, the Japanese company has announced.

Hundreds of jobs are expected to be safeguarded once production begins in 2013 - part of a £420m investment in electric cars. The investment is backed by a £20.7m government grant and up to £220m from the European Investment Bank. Ministers have also backed Ford's planned £1.5bn investment in cleaner engines with £360m in loan guarantees.

Contributed by: Our Special Correspondent
City: Oxford
Country: England
Date: March 24, 2010