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Nissan Leaf arrives in the North East

First Nissan Leafs delivered in Newcastle

Customers in the north-east of England have been among the first to have the chance to buy an all-electric car, which will be built on Wearside.

The Nissan Leaf is to be manufactured at the company's Sunderland plant from 2013. Batteries for the car will be produced at the factory from 2012.

The move is expected to create 350 new jobs and safeguard hundreds more.

Nissan said the 100% electric Leaf can do about 100 miles before the battery will need recharging.

Quick-charging sites will be set up at 26 locations across the UK - which will charge the battery from zero up to 80% capacity in less than 30 minutes.

About 1,300 charge points will be installed in the north-east of England by 2013 and 9,000 across the UK.

The first batch of Leafs was built in Japan.

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