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Nissan LEAF: Start of production

Production launch of the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle 100% and zero emission, has Oppama, Japan

The export of electric vehicle first family in the world whose price is adapted to mass market will begin in November

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.. a primer producing the new Nissan LEAF electric vehicle 100% and zero emission in its Oppama factory. The vehicle should be offered in December in Japan and the U.S. and early 2011 in some European markets. The company will begin to export the model in the United States in November, and shipments to Europe are planned in December.

"This is an important step for Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, but also for the entire automotive industry," said President and CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, has the opportunity a ceremony marking the release of the Nissan LEAF the assembly line. "Consumer expectations for mobility are clear: they want the durability and affordable vehicle. However, the Alliance plays a leadership role in this area by offering cars designed exactly for this purpose, providing more reliability, performance and driving pleasure that consumers are looking for. The Nissan LEAF, innovative and high quality vehicle, completely transform consumer expectations to automakers worldwide. "

The Nissan LEAF will be produced in the Oppama factory or factories are also popular gasoline models such as Nissan Juke and Nissan Cube. Part of the chain assembly has been modified in order to proceed to the installation of the battery pack in the production stage and is usually installed the fuel tank. Similarly, the motor and the inverter are installed at the stadium or the engine is installed in a vehicle petrol. The quality and efficiency of production will be ensured by applying the Nissan Production Way (NPW) in all stages of the assembly process.

Modules lithium-ion Nissan LEAF are manufactured in Zama, Japan, in the facilities of Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.. and NEC Corporation. The battery module in question, which contains four items of battery is assembled in Zama then shipped to the Nissan Oppama plant, or 48 of them are installed in the battery pack of the vehicle maker.

"Oppama will be a" mother plant "as regards the production of the Nissan LEAF," said Hidetoshi Imazu said, Executive Vice President for the manufacture. "We will use all the skills and knowledge that holds the Oppama plant has to ensure that all manufacturing facilities of electric vehicles Nissan meet the standards of the highest quality. "

Among the places or electric vehicles Nissan will be produced in the future are particularly Smyrna, Tennessee (USA), and Sunderland, England (United Kingdom).

The Oppama plant has an annual production capacity of 50,000 units. The Nissan LEAF will begin to be assembled with Smyrna in late 2012 and Sunderland in early 2013. At full capacity, the plant will produce Smyrna 150,000 units annually, while Sunderland will produce 50,000.

The Nissan LEAF is the first 100% electric vehicle and zero emission produced by the Renault-Nissan alliance. Nissan, together with Renault, its partner in the Alliance aims to be a world leader with regard to a zero emission mobility. To date, the Alliance has signed 80 partnerships for mobility with zero emission governments, municipalities and companies on a global scale.

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