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North East sees big green vehicle investment

A car parts giant from the North East is getting ready for green growth as it prepares for people to become more interested in electric vehicles. Unipres, the Sunderland based group, produces the steel that is used to build the inside car structure that is used in Honda and Nissan vehicles.

The company is placing a large investment into the electric vehicle market by installing a six million pound art press machine that will allow it to make the steel manufacture components that will work inside of eco-friendly cars. It also is working on creating five new electric vehicle charging posts that it hopes will inspire its own staff to purchase electric vehicles.

Unipres has also shown its commitment to being eco-friendly by teaming up with the Plugged in Places scheme titled Charge Your Car. It is also one of the main organizations that have committed to lower the carbon vehicle agenda of the area while also installing the new charging points that can be used at the company. Via the new Future Transport Systems scheme that will be run via the Switch EV and supported by the Technology Strategy Board.

At the moment the staff of over 950 from the Board are trying out five new electric vehicles and then offering their own personal feedback on how well the electric cars are used. In addition, the infrastructure and incentives are being evaluated by the board members. The company installed a similar press just six years ago but as the eclectic vehicle market has continued to grow they have had to invest in more items. They are a major supplier for the Nissan Leaf and as such will be creating a large number of components for the car company over the next few months.



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