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.
Nissan LEAF: Gas Powered Everything commercial
Nissan North America has unveiled a new ad campaign that asks "What if
everything ran on gas?"
Created to promote their electric powered Leaf model, the commercial takes
a humorous look at the advantages of electricity. More interestingly,
Nissan takes a swipe at the Chevrolet Volt which is a range-extended
electric vehicle that uses a petrol engine to extend its 25 to 50 mile (40
to 80 km) range on electricity alone.
Nissan will begin airing 15-second teasers later this week, before debuting
the full commercial on June 12th during the NBA Finals in the U.S.
New Lamborghini V12 Engine Assembly
Finally, some hard facts right from Lamborghini.
The Italian supercar-maker has announced details on its new V12 power plant
which is expected to debut in the upcoming Murcielago replacement recently
speculated to be named Aventador.
The new engine is a naturally aspirated 6.5 liter V12, known internally as
the L539, with a total output of 515 kW (700 PS) at 8,250 rpm and 690 Nm of
torque available at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm.
The new V12 was developed by Lamborghini at its Sant'Agata Bolognese
facility. It comes with a classic cylinder bank of 60 degrees and is
compact - measuring 665 millimeters tall, 848 mm wide and 784 mm in length.
It has a bore diameter of 95 mm and a cylinder stroke of 76.5 mm. The
nitride-hardened crankshaft weighs just 24.6 kg while the engine weighs a
total of 234 kg.
The 6.5 liter V12 also comes with two mufflers in a single casing - one
low-volume and the other high for that pitch-perfect Lambo sound.
Also newly developed to accompany this engine is the ISR (Independent
Shifting Rods) transmission. A 7-speed, single clutch gearbox with
exceptionally quick shift times due to the independent shifting rods -
Lamborghini claims almost 50 percent less than a standard dual-clutch
gearbox. The independent shift rods work similar in concept to a
dual-clutch - as one rod is disengaging the current gear, the second rod is
already engaging the next one.
Weight reduction is a theme here too, as the new gearbox weighs in at just
The transmission comes with three driver settings - Strada, Sport and Corsa
mode - with Corsa mode made for high-performance driving that also includes
a launch control function.
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.
BMW 1-Series M Coupe revealed
Following an unrelenting teaser campaign, BMW has officially unveiled the
1-Series M Coupe.
Designed to be the spiritual successor to the original M3, the 1-Series M
Coupe "embodies the unmistakable M feeling in a highly concentrated form."
It features aggressive bumper fascias, bi-xenon headlights (with LED
"eyebrows"), flared wheel arches, and 19-inch light-weight alloy wheels.
Only three exterior colors will be available and they include Alpine White,
Black Sapphire Metallic and Valencia Orange Metallic.
Inside, the cabin boasts sports seats, Boston leather upholstery, and
Alcantara trim. Other goodies include a revised instrument cluster, a sport
steering wheel, and orange contrast stitching. On the options list,
customers will find dual-zone automatic climate control, comfort access, a
Harman Kardon audio system, BMW ConnectedDrive (aka internet access), and
GPS navigation with an 8.8-inch display.
As expected, power is provided by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with
250 kW (340 PS / 335 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated
exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission which allows the 1,495 kg
(3,295 lb) car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, 0-200
km/h (124 mph) in 17.3 seconds, and onto an electronically-limited top
speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). In terms of efficiency, expect an average fuel
consumption of 9.6 L/100km (24.5 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 224 g/km.
To ensure the car handles like a proper BMW, engineers installed an
aluminum-intensive suspension which uses a double pivot front axle and a
five-link rear. Furthermore, the coupe has been fitted with an M
differential that "responds to differences in rotational speeds in the
right and left rear wheel, redirecting drive torque within a fraction of a
Despite being marketed as a 'pure' sports car, the 1-Series M boasts an
alphabet soup of handling technology. Highlights include DSC (Dynamic
Stability Control), Antilock Brakes (ABS), anti-slip control (ASC), Dynamic
Brake Control (DBC), and Cornering Brake Control (CBC). When all else
fails, the high performance braking system calls on internally-ventilated
cast iron discs - that measure 360mm front / 350mm rear - to bring the
action to a halt.
The 1-Series M Coupe will debut at the North American International Auto
Show, before going on sale in Germany this May with a €50,500 (including
VAT) price tag.
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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.
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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.
2011 Nissan LEAF Electric Car Test Drive & Car Review by RoadflyTV
We finally get some time in the all new, 100% electric car the Nissan LEAF.
The first widely available electric car is capable of driving about 110
miles on a charge. The electric motor produces 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of
torque. The LEAF can be plugged into any conventional home electric outlet
to be recharged.
The LEAF handles a lot better than expected and it's acceleration was
pretty impressive too. It actually felt quick off the line due to the
availability of all 207 lb-ft of torque the second your foot hits the
accelerator. Rumors are that the 0-60 MPH time is about 10 or 11 seconds.
We didn't have time to do an official test unfortunately but it felt a lot
quicker than that to us.
As far as gas mileage goes. The EPA has rated the LEAF at 99 MPG. Wow!!!
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