Nissan has announced it will invest half a billion dollars to build electric vehicles (EVs) in their Canton, Mississippi plant.
The announcement included Nissan officials, the Governor of Mississippi and other state officials on Thursday.
At the announcement, Nissan confirmed they would build two new EVs at the plant, but did not specify which ones.
“Nissan is making a strong investment in Canton’s future, bringing the latest technology, training and process to create a truly best-in-class EV manufacturing team,” Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Guptasaid.
One significant advantage for Nissan is that the Canton plant only opened in 2003. Which means updating the two-decade-old plant will be a little easier than other legacy plants in the US.
Part of the plan includes retraining 2,000 workers at the plant to work on EV technologies.
Nissan is partnering with the Mississippi Development Authority to assist in training efforts and make upgrades and improvements to the plant, reports Mississippi Free Press.
Currently, the Canton plant produces the Nissan Altima, Frontier, Titan and Titan XD.
The Canton plant produces 410,000 vehicles per year and has a current workforce of 5,000.
Nissan did not confirm what vehicles the plant would produce. Nor did they hint at the names of the two new cars.