Nissan Moves Leaf to Smyrna, Tenn. and Drops Sticker Price


Nis­san is drop­ping the price of its 2013 Leaf to $28,800 for the new­ly-added S grade, which can be pur­chased for as low as $18,800 with the $7,500 tax cred­it and rebates in var­i­ous states. It also coin­cides with Nis­san mov­ing pro­duc­tion of the Leaf to its Ten­nessee plant along with US pro­duc­tion of the elec­tric vehicle’s lithi­um ion bat­ter­ies. Nis­san says that the price reduc­tions make it the low­est priced five-pas­sen­ger elec­tric vehi­cle sold in the US. “With near­ly 50,000 Leafs on the road glob­al­ly, we are the lead­ers in zero emis­sions vehi­cles and our class-lead­ing prod­uct just got bet­ter,” said Nis­san glob­al sales VP for Leaf Bil­ly Hayes in the com­pa­ny press release. The automak­er refers to bring­ing the Leaf to its Smyr­na, Tenn., assem­bly plant as “a local­iza­tion ini­tia­tive that fur­ther dri­ves effi­cien­cies by lever­ag­ing already-exist­ing equip­ment and process­es while also reduc­ing expo­sure to fluc­tu­a­tions in for­eign cur­ren­cy.”

As for its lithi­um ion bat­tery pack, that’s being built at an adja­cent facil­i­ty in Smyr­na. Its 80-kilo­watt AC syn­chro­nous elec­tric motor is being built at Nissan’s pow­er­train plant in Decherd, Tenn.



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