Nissan LEAF electric vehicle production process detailed
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.
"This is a significant milestone, not only for Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, but also for the entire automotive industry," said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn at the Nissan LEAF offline ceremony. "Consumers are clear. They want sustainable and affordable mobility...and the Alliance is leading the way with cars that deliver exactly that, with the reliability, excitement and performance that consumers demand. The high-quality, innovative Nissan LEAF will radically transform what consumers expect from automobile manufacturers worldwide."
Nissan LEAF will be produced at the Oppama Plant along with popular gasoline models such as Nissan Juke and Nissan Cube. Part of the assembly line has been modified to mount battery modules 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. Production quality and efficiency are assured by applying the Nissan Production Way (NPW) in every step of the assembly process.
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.
Hidetoshi Imazu, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing, said, "Oppama will serve as the 'Mother Plant' for the production of Nissan LEAF. We will use all of the know-how and learnings from Oppama to ensure the highest quality at all sites that manufacture Nissan EVs."
Sites for future production of Nissan EVs include Smyrna, Tennessee, in the United States and Sunderland, England, in the UK.
The Oppama plant has an annual production capacity of 50,000 units. Nissan LEAF will start production at Smyrna in late 2012 and at Sunderland in early 2013. At full ramp up, Smyrna will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 units, and Sunderland will have a capacity of 50,000 units.
Nissan LEAF is the first 100% electric, zero-emission vehicle to be produced for the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan, together with its Alliance partner, Renault, aims to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility. To date, the Alliance has signed 80 partnerships for zero-emission mobility with governments, municipalities and companies worldwide.
Vertu for Bentley smartphone video reveal
Bentley today unveiled its first handset created in collaboration with
Vertu, the manufacturer of luxury mobile phones. The ‘Vertu for
Bentley’ handset, with its combination of audio performance and curated
services, delivers a unique sensory experience.
Running on Android 4.4 KitKat, the smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm
Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz Quad-core processor and has 64GB of internal memory.
It has a 1080p 4.7-inch display and comes with a 13 MP main camera (and 2.1
MP frontal camera). It uses a 2,275 mAh lithium-ion battery and has stereo
loudspeakers with Dolby Digital Plus technology.
Audi Quattro Concept official promo - narrated
More confirmation that Audi will be taking the Quattro model to production
has surfaced recently.
According to a recent report the Quattro Concept was spotted with
design-studio license plates on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu,
California. The car was being escorted to a photo shoot by the California
When questioned Audi employees let it slip that the car was, indeed, headed
The result of the video shoot is this video fully edited.
Nissan LEAF US Battery Factory -- How an Electric Car Battery is Made
Nissan LEAF US Battery Factory -- How an Electric Car Battery is Made.
MotoMan goes inside Nissan's new, dedicated electric car battery factory in
Smyrna, Tennessee and demonstrates step by step how an EV battery is made
prior to installation in the 2013 Nissan LEAF.
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Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle
http://MPGomatic.com gets the lowdown on the Nissan Leaf plug-in electric
car at the 2010 Washington Auto Show from Nissan's Director of Product
Planning and Advanced Technology Strategy, Mark Perry. The Leaf will be the
first affordable mass market highway-capable pure electric vehicle (based
on Lithium battery technology) from a major manufacturer.
How many miles can I go in my Nissan Leaf on one charge?
How many miles can I go in my Nissan Leaf on one charge?
The biggest problem facing Leaf owners is the range anxiety created by the
constantly changing reading on the driving range display on the instrument
panel. The idea of the range display is to give you an idea of how many
miles you have left on your vehicle. The problem being that so many things
that you do while driving whether it be your speed, how quickly you
accelerate, or what route you chose all have a big impact on your range.
In a gasoline vehicle poor driving habits or "city mpg verses highway
mpg" can mean the difference between getting 34 miles per gallon (hwy) or
26 miles per gallon(city) that is 340 miles verses 290 miles a difference
of 50 miles or 15%. In an electric car it can be as big a difference of
getting 100 miles range per charge or 50 a 50% loss in range ( all
dependant on how much regeneration you use ).
Many of the first electric car pioneers that decided they weren't going to
wait for someone else to do it and make their own electric cars didn't
have regeneration in their cars and therefore found it very easy to
calculate range based on the battery gauge or meter ( much like you use
the fuel gauge on a car to figure at a glance about how much range you have
I recommend you do and not put that much faith or pay that much attention
to what the driving range display says on your leaf and calculate your
range based on the closest thing you have to a "constant" and that is the
battery available charge gauge.
Also if you calculate your range based on what you believe to be the worst
range possible, or to put it simply "no regeneration" your nerves will be
more likely to be intact at the end of the day , and when people use the
term range anxiety you can say "huh?".
Nissan dealers factor regeneration into the 100 mile range they quote and
use terms like "under ideal conditions" you can expect a range of up to
Bills rule of thumb says a 100 mile range car is a 50 mile range car, and a
40 mile range car is actually a 20 mile range car until proven otherwise.
If you do 90% of your driving on the freeway, drive at high speeds, run
your air conditioner constantly 50 miles range is not unreasonable, in
fact it may be a bit optimistic and closer to 40 like some people in
Arizona have reported getting.
People who don't drive on freeways at all, do a lot of stopping and going,
and rarely use their air conditioners, and accelerate gradually get far
better range . Also if you drive the same route everyday figuring your
range is much easier.
Figuring how much range you get per charge is simple mathematics based on
how many miles you drive.
At 80% charge there is 10 out of 12 bars showing on your car when you
leave. you drive a route of 22 miles total and now you have 6 bars showing.
You have used 4 bars. 22 divided by 4 is 5.5 miles per bar. 10 times 5.5 is
55 the amount of range you are getting based on that trip you took is
roughly 55 miles per charge. If you drive the same route under the same
conditions every day you are averaging 55 miles per charge daily.
Here is a test you can do to determine the worst mileage you can get with
your car and dividing that into the amount of bars showing to make it
easyier to figure out if you have enough miles to make it to where you want
to go. The reason being to give peace of mind to people .
In normal drive mode ( not eco mode ) You will be taking a test drive of
20 to 30 miles round trip and the idea is to use the most amount of power
you can ( little to no regeneration, high speed, all lights on, radio on,
interior light on and air conditioner blasting away at full power) and try
and make a route with as much freeway driving as possible . Drive 10 to 15
miles out and back ( 20 to 30 miles total ). Just like before divide the
miles into the amount of miles driven to get the average miles
per charge. For example if you go 20 miles and use up 4 bars you divide 20
by 4 to get 5 x 10 would be 50 miles roughly per charge , Or you go 30
miles and use 7 bars ( 30 divided by 7 is about 4.2 x 10 is about 42 miles
per charge at 80% charge or x12 for 100% charge which is 50 ).
Mercedes Benz Factory
Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen: Bremen plant to produce additional model of the
C Class model range as of 2011
• Development as a competence centre: Bremen plant expanding production
operations to include Coupé of the C-Class
• New variant to be produced in addition to the C-Class Saloon, the
C-Class Estate and the GLK as of 2011
• Flexible production: Coupé to be produced with three existing models
on a single line
Peter Schabert, Head of the Bremen plant: "Decision another milestone on
our way to becoming the C-Class competence centre and a clear sign of trust
in Bremen team's capabilities and standards."
Bremen - The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen is gearing up for the production
of a fourth model of the high-volume C-Class model range. As of 2011, a
Coupé will be added to a flexible production line, which already produces
the three existing models. This will be a new addition to Bremen's current
production portfolio in the C-Class segment, comprising the Saloon, the
Estate and the compact GLK sport utility vehicle (SUV).
"The decision by the Board of Management to produce the Coupé version of
the current C-Class here in Bremen as well represents another important
milestone on our way to becoming Mercedes' competence centre for the
C-Class and is a clear sign of the trust in the Bremen team's capabilities
and standards," says Peter Schabert, Head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in
The Bremen plant is developed into the worldwide competence centre for the
high-volume C-Class model series. Allocating production of the new Coupé
to the plant is in keeping with this strategy. As announced in December
2009, the launch of the next generation of the C-Class at the plant as of
2014 will see production of the C-Class Saloon for markets in Europe
concentrated at a single location together with the production of the other
C-Class model variants.
The Bremen plant is already demonstrating the flexibility of its production
operations by producing three models (C-Class Saloon, C-Class Estate and
GLK) on a single assembly line. The vehicles are able to pass along the
assembly line in any conceivable order precisely as customer orders
require, irrespective of model, variant (right- or left-hand drive,
all-wheel or rear-wheel drive) and equipment. From 2011 the Bremen plant
will be integrating a fourth model into the production process in the guise
of the Coupé, demonstrating the plant's flexibility once again.
Production portfolio of the Bremen plant.
In addition to the models of the C-Class model series, vehicles belonging
to the E-Class are also produced in Bremen, with the Coupé and Cabrio
running in flexible configuration on a single production line. The
roadsters of the SL- and SLK-Class are also produced exclusively in Bremen.
With a workforce of around 12,600, the Mercedes-Benz plant is the largest
private-sector employer in the region.
A Day in the Life of an Electric Car
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) In the very near future will we all be driving
electric cars? That's a question that only 10 years ago seemed like a
dream, but today with all electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf, it
doesn't seem so far fetched. Of course unlike, gasoline powered cars,
electric cars can't be filled up at your local gas station in a few
minutes. Once they run our of juice...you are well and truly stuck. This is
called range anxiety and it can be all too real. We decide to find out just
how real by spending a day in the life of the all new Nissan Leaf.
Nissan iV Design Concept
Nissan's entry in the 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge is a light-weight
track star from the future with love.
How Electric Vehicles Work - the technology underlying an EV
http://carnewscafe.com - Electric vehicles take many forms and have many
different technologies in them, but there are some basic components that
all EVs, whether a hydrogen fuel cell EV, a battery-electric EV, or a
hybrid-electric vehicle, will share. Here is a look at the way these core
technologies are used to make several types of vehicle.
Nissan Leaf | Fully Charged
A first drive in the soon to be released Nissan Leaf.
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Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool), which looks at why we need to change how we
think about energy consumption now. From looking behind the myths of
renewable energy, to seeking the truth about electric cars, Robert
Llewellyn demonstrates what the future could have in store for us all.
2014 Nissan Versa Note takes on the Ike Gauntlet
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is a small economy car
with a not very powerful engine mated to a CVT Transmission. So of course
we decide decided to see how it would do taking up the Ike Gauntlet. From
Dillion, Colorado to the Eisenhower Tunnel U.S. I-70 climbs 8 miles to a
maximum elevation of 11,158 feet or 3,401 meters. That's enough elevation
and grade to test a small economy car like the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. In
another accurate, informative and fun TFLcar review Nathan and Roman take
on the Ike Gauntlet in the new 2014 Nissan Versa Note to see how the CVT
handles the steep grade and lack of air density in the Mountains of
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