Nissan's announcement that it will bring more battery production to the UK is a rare win for the post-Brexit UK, but it's not necessarily a win for Nissan.
Nissan has been one of the most vocal companies in warning the UK government of the dangers of a bad Brexit deal with the EU, threatening to close its vast and productive Sunderland plant if tariffs made it uncompetitive.
On Thursday however, Nissan chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta was full of praise for EU-UK trade deal that agreed to remove potential tariffs, describing it as an "opportunity" for Nissan that gave it a "competitive advantage."
He described the extra paperwork and port congestion resulting from Brexit as "peanuts" to a company used to dealing with different trading regimes globally.
In a call to UK journalists, Gupta pointed, as evidence of this competitiveness, to the decision by Nissan's on-site battery supplier Envision to add production of the 62 kilowatt-hour battery pack for the longer-range Leaf at the Sunderland site later this year, at Nissan's request.
Currently the cell-production facility, one of very few battery facilities of its type in the UK, only makes the 40kWh battery for the cheaper Leaf. The 62kWh pack is currently imported from Nissan's US plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Gupta, however, pointed out that the rules of origin governing the amount of local content in the UK-EU agreement mean the longer-range Leaf would have attracted tariffs with the US-battery pack.
"All of our models which are manufactured in Sunderland qualify under local content rules, except one, the Leaf with the higher-range battery 62kWh pack," Gupta said. "So, we decided today to build this pack in the United Kingdom."