On Wednesday 22nd March 2017, Geely Chairman Li Shufu cut the inaugural ribbon with Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, as we announced the official opening of the UK’s first car plant dedicated solely to the production of electric vehicles.
Our state-of-the-art, vehicle plant in Ansty, England, has helped create more than 1,000 new jobs, including 200 engineers and 30 apprenticeships.
A FOCUS ON FLEXIBILITY
Thanks to an integrated production strategy, our flexible assembly line is capable of producing multiple vehicles on the same track; enabling us to switch between manufacturing clean, zero-emission capable taxis and vans with ease.
At full production, we will be producing 20,000 units a year, and we’ve already created over 1,000 new jobs, making a hugely positive impact on the local and wider economies.
SUSTAINABILITY INGRAINED THROUGHOUT
Sustainable initiatives and innovative building design help minimise our energy demand and carbon footprint; making the entire premises an exemplar of energy efficiency.
Ranked by BREEAM – the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for buildings which, among other criteria, score a building on energy demand, energy consumption and CO₂ emissions – our site achieved ‘Excellent facility’ (Best Practice), placing it in the top 10% of new UK non-domestic buildings*; as well as an ‘A’ Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating – a Governmental guideline that scores the energy-efficiency of a building.
Reducing the energy needed for lighting is paramount as we work towards sustainable manufacturing.
Throughout the production halls innovative roof design and glazing maximise daylight, achieving 15% roof lighting. A 81 m2 glazed wall delivers diffused daylight on to the assembly line, and gives passersby a clear window into the world of the LEVC.
The introduction of natural light creates an appealing day lit working space and crucially, by daytime allows us to dim the lighting to our reduce energy demand.
All lighting uses 100% energy-efficient LED bulbs.
CLAIMING RAIN water
Intricate rainwater harvesting systems repurpose ‘run-off’ rain water from across the premises. 750,000 gallons of rainfall is collected through guttering and channeled to an underground storage tank, where it’s kept for use independent from the main water supply.
Collected rainfall serves a multitude of tasks around the site, from quality testing to flushing toilets and other processes – helping to lower our demand on the mains water supply.
TAKING A SHINE TO SOLAR
365 photovoltaic solar panels adorn on the roof, producing 95kwh of electricity per day, which is used to power machinery and lighting across the premises.
Sophisticated VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) and heat recovery systems are deployed in the office spaces, recovering waste heat from around the building, and using it to heat other rooms and water. Since the refrigerant flow is regulated based on need, these systems are more energy-efficient, further reducing our carbon footprint.
We’re proud to pioneer new construction techniques that deliver commercial vehicles with a robustness which is truly unrivalled.
Inspired by the aerospace industry, our body structures are made from lightweight, bonded aluminium, which, once hot cured, provides over twice the tensile strength of a welded equivalent, and absorb twice the crash energy of mild steel.
Over 400 pieces of aluminium are anodised to guarantee high levels of corrosion performance. This material delivers crucial weight saving benefits of approximately 30% compared to a steel equivalent, and is made with 100% recycled aluminium.
HARMONISING inhabitants & SPACE
As a home to over 500 staff and state-of-the-art machinery, it’s important that productivity and well being are aligned.
The entire 38,000 m2 site – spread across three floors – has been designed in accordance with Feng Shui and philosophical system; an ancient Chinese practice which guides the design of an working space so it brings out the best of those who operate in it.
On the outside, we created an habi-cular to assist in the conservation of the Great Crested Newt population which occupied the land before construction began, and planted 17,890 plants, trees, and various wild flora to facilitate the local wildlife.
*At time of reporting – Oct 2018.