The Australian arm of Japanese car manufacturer Nissan will build its national headquarters and an electric vehicle hub in Melbourne, it announced today.

Nissan Australia and the Victorian Government said the Nissan HQ, to be built in Mulgrave, will create more than 450 local jobs.

It will be home to not only Nissan’s Australian head office but also an electric vehicle technical training centre, which will be used to train dealers, engineers, and technicians from Nissan sites around Australia and New Zealand.

It is a significant investment and will be music to the ears of Australian automotive workers, who have faced round after round of job cuts in recent years.

The centre is due to focus on Nissan’s new and emerging electric vehicle range. Demand for EVs is exploding across the world, which is leading to a new boom for the junior Australian resources companies mining the metals and minerals needed to make the batteries.

“A national base for many automotive manufacturers, Victoria has a strong automotive fabric and a talented workforce that is perfectly suited to the demands of the industry,”  Nissan Australian managing director, Stephen Lester, said.

“Nissan’s decision to maintain a national training facility incorporating the latest electric vehicle technology is a big win for Victoria, giving our state a key competitive advantage on the global stage,” Martin Pakula, minister for jobs, innovation and trade, said.

The centre will open late next year.

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