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Production of Nissan LEAF begins at Oppama, Japan

22 October 2010

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has started production at its Oppama facility for the all-new 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF, which is slated to go on sale in December in Japan and the United States, and from early 2011, in select markets in Europe. In November, the company will begin exports to the United States, followed by shipments to Europe in December.

Nissan LEAF will be produced at the Oppama Plant along with gasoline-engined models such as Nissan Juke and Nissan Cube. Part of the assembly line has been modified to mount the 24 kWh battery packs at the stage of production where fuel tanks are traditionally installed, and motors and inverters are mounted at the point where engines are installed in gasoline-powered vehicles.

Nissan LEAF’s lithium-ion battery modules are manufactured at the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) operation in Zama, Japan, which is a joint-venture of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and NEC Corporation. The battery module, which contains 4 battery cells, are assembled at Zama and then shipped to the Nissan Oppama facility, where 48 of them are assembled into the electric car’s battery pack.

Sites for future production of Nissan EVs include Smyrna, Tennessee, in the United States and Sunderland, England, in the UK.

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Congrads Nissan. May the Leaf have as long a production run as the Z series.

In any case, the mass production of EV components could drop the costs until ICE is only for trucks.

Pretty good video, Henrik.
You wouldn't want to be robotphobic.

Now, if they could only add a range extender, even a roof-rack based one which you could attach when you need it.

All you need is a 30KW generator and some diesel or gasoline + a new power input location + a firmware upgrade.

Great EV videos, but where was the crushing unit?

By the first of the year we will be able to say there are three bonafide EVs in commercial production. Not bad for an industry declared dead and buried just four years ago.

Congrats to Nissan for having the vision to produce the Leaf in trying times. We wish that they live long and prosper.

By the first of the year we will be able to say there are three bonafide EVs in commercial production. Not bad for an industry declared dead and buried just four years ago.

Congrats to Nissan for having the vision to produce the Leaf in trying times. We wish that they live long and prosper.

By the first of the year we will be able to say there are three bonafide EVs in commercial production. Not bad for an industry declared dead and buried just four years ago.

Congrats to Nissan for having the vision to produce the Leaf in trying times. We wish that they live long and prosper.

Kelly the crushing unit has been permanently overtaken by the department for fuel cell vehicles.

Mahonj the Volt is an EV with a 35kW continuous power range extender. This is your best fit right now. Personally, I prefer the EV without a 400+ pound range extender (motor, clutches, exhaust system, cooling system, gears and gas tank) as the one in the Volt because you get better handling and acceleration. The Leaf is doing 0 to 62 mph in 7.X seconds and this is better than the Volt and much better than the Prius’s 10 seconds.

"Kelly the crushing unit has been permanently overtaken by the department for fuel cell vehicles.", but dare they crush $million/fuel cell fruits of the $billion Bush Hydrogen Initiative?

Some day, a extender compartment will be available on EVs. Insert extender when needed, sort of like attaching a U-haul when interior space isn't sufficient.

A few thoughts:

Seems like an aftermarketer's dream.

A a "get home" until more charging stations are available, Honda's 2000 watt portable generator is the size of a carry on bag and weighs just 55 pounds. That's one, 110 circuit that, apparently will completely recharge the Leaf in 14 hours. Better? Honda makes a parallel cable to hook two of the gens together. If they were combined to create 220 then an 8 hour charge. Not great but ....."for now?" And surely an after marketer can come up with better.

The Honda gen is about $1,000, making us wonder why an extender engine is a $5 - $10k deal? As the Leaf is not going to be a "road car" say an air-cooled gen designed to fit the car with 3 times the 2,000 watts' power of a hundred pounds or so that as one reader suggests could be pulled out to save weight during the regular in town commute.

For road? when is Detroit, or I guess more likely Fiat-Chrysler going to give VW some competition with a spunky high mileage diesel?

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