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Nissan Uses Solar Power to Build New Cars


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Nissan Uses Solar Power to Build New Cars

Nissan has switched to using solar power which the manufacturer claims will enable it to produce more than 30,000 per year.

The Japanese carmaker is keen to decrease the impact it has on the environment when building cars and, this week, switched on a solar farm at its plant in Sunderland.

Nissan already has 10 wind turbines at the factory and, together with the 19,000 photovoltaic solar panels it has had installed, the facility can produce produce 4.75MW of electricity.

This allows the car manufacturer to save 3000 tonnes of CO2 compared to more conventional sources but still gives it enough power to build 31,000 cars on an annual basis.

Nissan says alternative power sources make up around seven per cent of overall electricity supply to the plant.

Last year, the Sunderland factory made 476,589 new cars, including the popular Nissan Qashqai (pictured) and electric Leaf. Now the new solar farm will be capable of producing 6.5 per cent of new vehicles built at the plant. The carmaker is calling its fundamental change to building cars as 'Intelligent Mobility'.

Nissan’s senior vice president for manufacturing, Colin Lawther, said: "We have built over 50,000 Nissan Leafs in Europe, and the industry-leading new 250km-range Leaf is now available.

"With 10 wind turbines already generating energy for our Sunderland plant, this new solar farm will further reduce the environmental impact of Nissan vehicles during their entire lifecycle."

The solar farm has been built inside Nissan’s test loop at Sunderland by a company called European Energy Voltaics. All of the electricity it generates is used by Nissan.

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