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Leaf production underway in Japan  (Source: Nissan)
U.S. and UK plants production will start later

One of the most anticipated plug-in electric vehicles to be unveiled this year is the Nissan Leaf and we are getting closer to the launch date for the vehicle. Motor Trend reports that Leaf production has started in Japan and the plant building the EVs will be the model for future Leaf production facilities around the world.

The Leaf is being built in the Nissan Oppama facility in Japan which has a production capacity of 50,000 units right now. Presumably, that capacity can be increased in the future if needed. Once the vehicle is in full swing and the demand increases, Nissan will roll out similar assembly lines to plants in Smyrna, Tennessee and the Sunderland plant in England.

The U.S. assembly line will have a production capacity of 150,000 units per year at full tilt and the Sunderland plant will be good for 50,000 Leaf vehicles that will be used to meet demand in England and Europe. Nissan will take lessons learned in the assembly process at the Oppama facility and roll those tricks out to the other manufacturing plants as needed.

"Oppama will serve as the 'Mother Plant' for the production of Nissan Leaf," said Hidetoshi Imazu, Nissan's executive VP of manufacturing. "We will use all of the know-how and learnings from Oppama to ensure the highest quality at all sites that manufacture Nissan EVs."

Nissan revealed in March that the Leaf's price will be $32,780 before the $7,500 federal tax rebate. Nissan will also be offering a lease on the Leaf at $349 per month with the rebate coming to Nissan rather than the buyer.

The EV is good for 100 miles on a single charge and will have a top speed of 87 mph. Nissan is also reportedly considering offering Leaf buyers a rental car for longer trips when needed. 

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Thank you Japan & the Nissan Leaf!
By Hafgrim on 10/25/2010 2:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
Cant wait to buy mine and stick a sticker on the side that says screw u gasoline stations! ^^

Hehe! Finally!

RE: Thank you Japan & the Nissan Leaf!
By marsbound2024 on 10/25/2010 4:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
Then watch as passing motorists laugh at you when you are broken down on the side of the road and there's not a charging station anywhere in site.

RE: Thank you Japan & the Nissan Leaf!
By roadhog1974 on 10/25/2010 7:17:23 PM , Rating: 2
Why are ev's or nissans somehow unreliable?

RE: Thank you Japan & the Nissan Leaf!
By marsbound2024 on 10/25/2010 7:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
Um, wow. Flew over your head, that one.

I was referencing when he runs out of "gas" so to speak. When his batteries deplete, he'll be on the side of the road without a place to charge up. That's when the gas users will be laughing at him. *Sigh* for having to explain.

By Hafgrim on 10/27/2010 2:11:28 PM , Rating: 2
First of all you said "broken down" in your op.. So his reply is valid.

Second just like you dont run out of gas before going to a gas station in your dino car I wont run out of "juice" electric power before going home.

Third The Nissan Leaf has a GPS system that is tied to the battery power-level system that work together to calculate and warn you far in advance of your maximum range from home or nearest charge station so you dont go beyond by mastake.

Nissan I Thank you for allowing me to never stop at a gas station EVER again. =)


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