Nissan Marks Two Year Leaf Anniversary with Opening Lithium-ion Battery Plant

Nissan Leaf

Nis­san has opened the largest in the US at its Smyr­na, Tenn., facil­i­ty, to make bat­tery packs that will go under the hood dur­ing ramp-up of pro­duc­tion of its 2013 Nis­san Leafs ear­ly next year. The mile­stone also marks the two year anniver­sary of the Nis­san Leaf in the US mar­ket, where 18,000 units have been sold and 46,000 world­wide. So far, it’s the largest sell­ing bat­tery elec­tric vehi­cle in his­to­ry.

The Smyr­na plant is one of three of its kind in the world. The first bat­ter­ies pro­duced at the plant have under­gone a start­ing phase and are now ready to receive their first charge. The facil­i­ty is capa­ble of expand­ing to pro­duce mod­ules for up to 200,000 bat­ter­ies annu­al­ly depend­ing on mar­ket demand. Those bat­ter­ies can serve as the pow­er source for the all-elec­tric Nis­san LEAF and for future vehi­cles that could be added to the port­fo­lio.

The new bat­tery plant is locat­ed adja­cent to Nissan’s exist­ing vehi­cle assem­bly plant in Ten­nessee, which has been retooled to accom­mo­date pro­duc­tion of the Nis­san LEAF. Adding pro­duc­tion of the Nis­san LEAF and the bat­tery has result­ed in the cre­ation of more than 300 U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs to date. As bat­tery pro­duc­tion and LEAF assem­bly expand to accom­mo­date demand, com­bined oper­a­tions could add up to 1,000 addi­tion­al jobs as need­ed.

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