A new generation of electric vehicle batteries is to be built in the UK, extending journey times for thousands of green motorists.
Japanese manufacturer Nissan will develop the technology at its Sunderland plant, investing £26.5 million in the "groundbreaking" project.
The move is part of the company's commitment to the future of zero-emission motoring.
Academic and technology partners will be called in to lend a hand with the development, which will also safeguard 300 jobs at the lithium-ion battery factory in Sunderland.
Nissan Europe's chairman Paul Willcox says the project reflects the manufacturer's intention to remain a leader in the electric vehicle industry.
Some 200,000 people around the world own a Nissan Leaf, which was the first electric car to be mass-produced in the UK.
The new generation electric car batteries will be used to power models such as the Leaf and eNV-200.
Mr Willcox adds Nissan's operations in the UK will remain at the heart of its future innovations for years to come.
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