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.
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.
Ferrari 458 Challenge on the track
Ferrari has publicly unveiled the 458 Challenge at the Bologna Motor Show.
Built for the company's single-racing series, the Challenge features a race
suspension (with solid aluminum bushings, stiffer springs, and single-rate
dampers), Brembo CCM2 brakes (from the 599XX), and 19-inch wheels with
Pirelli tires. Furthermore, to reduce weight, the car has been outfitted
with thinner body panels, carbon fiber components, and Lexan windows.
Power is provided by a 4499cc V8 engine that produces 570 PS (562 hp / 419
kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. While this is the same as the 458
Italia, engineers modified the dual-clutch gearbox and installed 'F1-Trac'
(traction control) with settings for wet and dry conditions. Thanks to all
these changes, the 458 Challenge can lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1
minute, 16.5 seconds.
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 Ellure Concept Revealed for LA Auto Show 2010
As a longtime industry innovator in sedan design, notably the original
Datsun 510 and numerous generations of Nissan Maximas, Altimas and Sentras,
Nissan has always had an affinity for both the form and its buyers. So it
should come as no surprise that in an environment where traditional sedan
buyers have been migrating toward coupe and crossover SUV alternatives,
along comes the engagingly seductive Nissan Ellure Concept, which makes its
world debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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.
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.
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 Leaf | Fully Charged
A first drive in the soon to be released Nissan Leaf.
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Fully Charged is an online show hosted by Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf,
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.
Nissan Leaf review
David Undercoffler reviews the Nissan Leaf. Read more at
Second Generation Nissan Leaf | Fully Charged
It's taken too long, but finally here is my review of the 2nd generation
Nissan Leaf. Built in Sunderland UK.
Since recording Nissan have passed the 100,000 global sales milestone.
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.
Nissan Leaf 2013/14 - testing the world's best selling electric car [Review]
http://www.redferret.net/?p=42084. The Nissan Leaf 2013/14 is the latest
model of the world's best selling electric car. The Leaf Tekna which we
used for a week, comes fully loaded with heated seats, heated steering
wheel, a solar panel on the rear wing and the typical features of most
modern EV cars.
We found it to be a pleasure to drive and surprisingly nimble for such a
spacious vehicle. More details can be found at www.redferret.net.
Car Review - 2015 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf doesn't seem like a car that was built for enjoyment. But
why is it so much fun to drive?
2011 Nissan LEAF Test Drive & Electric Car Review
http://www.autobytel.com/nissan/leaf/2012/ The 2011 Nissan LEAF if the
world's first mass produced battery electric vehicle. You can get almost
100 miles of range from a single charge. Nissan really pushed the edge of
design with the LEAF. The car has been thoroughly tested in a wind tunnel
to reduce drag and the results are an ultra low and efficient 0.29 drag
coefficient rating. The 2012 Nissan LEAF is a great driving electric car.
The LEAF has a base price of $35,200 but there are offer large rebates
available from the Government that will help to offset the high price tag a
The battery pack on the 2012 Nissan LEAF weights about 600 pounds and is
located towards the rear of the car. This gives the car a nearly perfect
50/50 weight distribution. The result is a better driving and handling
electric car. The LEAF not only runs on electricity which saves you money,
it also is a zero emissions vehicle meaning there are no harmful tail pipe
emissions that are normally associated with a gasoline engine. Heck there
is even an 8-year 100,000 mile warranty on the batteries.
The 2012 Nissan LEAF electric car is the future of the automobile in
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