Nissan to build LEAF’s electric-motors in Tennessee

2011 Nissan LEAF

Nissan announced yesterday that it will start producing electric-motors for the Nissan LEAF at its Decherd, Tenn., powertrain assembly plant in early 2013.

Preparation for the plant is being facilitated by the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program loan funds. Plans call for the addition of a new assembly line that will create up to 90 new jobs.

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“Nissan’s Tennessee operations are paving the way to a zero-emission future for everyone,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas. “By delivering motors for the first mass-produced electric vehicles manufactured in the United States, our Decherd plant will play a vital role in making zero-emission mobility a reality for American consumers.”

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When the new assembly line is completed, the plant will produce about 150,000 electric-motors annually for the LEAF, which will also be built at Nissan’s plant in Smyrna, Tenn.

Refresher: Power for the 2012 Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2012 Nissan LEAF will start at $35,200.

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– By: Omar Rana