The latest step the Renault-Nissan alliance is taking to make electric vehicles (EVs) a reality is to break ground on a new £210 million advanced lithium-ion battery plant in Sunderland, UK. The battery plant is part of the facility where Nissan will build the upcoming Leaf, starting in 2013. The batteries will start producing up to 60,000 "units" a year in 2012 for both Nissan and Renault EVs. Renault-Nissan doesn't fully explain what those "units" are, so we're going to assume they are complete packs that could go into a Leaf (which uses a 24 kWh pack) and other alliance vehicles.
In 2007, Nissan installed eight wind turbines at the Sunderland plant. The Sunderland plant began making cars in 1986 and, in 2009, a third of all cars built in the UK were made there.