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.
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.
GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept revealed
GMC has unveiled the Sierra All Terrain HD concept, ahead of its debut at
the North American International Auto Show.
Designed to be one of the most capable trucks ever created, the All Terrian
is a Sierra HD on steroids. Compared to the standard model, the concept is
shorter, wider, and taller. Furthermore, it has been equipped custom
control arms, Fox off-road shocks, front/rear jounce shocks, automatic
locking differentials, and a beefy front stabilizer bar with electric
In terms of styling, the concept features a massive grille, bulging fender
flares, LED lights and 20-inch aluminum wheels with 35-inch BFGoodrich KM2
tires. Out back, the bed has a composite liner and two compartments which
house an air compressor and a 110-volt outlet.
While no interior pictures were released, GM says the cabin has two-tone
leather seats, satin chrome trim, and a next-generation navigation system
with an 80 GB hard drive.
Power is provided by a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 diesel engine with 397 hp (296
kW) and 765 lb-ft (1,037 Nm) of torque. Performance specifications weren't
released, but GM estimates the All Terrain would have a payload capacity of
2,700 pounds (1,225 kg) and a towing capacity of 13,000 pounds (5,896 kg).
2015 Smart ForTwo & ForFour - official trailer
The revolution enters the next round -- the smart fortwo has undergone
improvements in virtually all areas and is markedly more comfortable. The
hallmark smart rear engine concept is being offered for the first time in
the four-seater smart forfour as well. Drive power is supplied by
state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines rated at 45 kW/60 hp, 52 kW/71 hp
and 66 kW/90 hp, while power transmission is performed by a five-speed
manual transmission or the twinamic automatic dual clutch transmission. A
host of innovative details guarantee even more fun in the city. The new
smart generation will be launched onto the market in Europe in November.
The price for the smart fortwo with 52 kW engine will be under 11,000
euros, while the smart forfour will cost only around 600 euros more with
the same engine.
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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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.
New generation light weight batteries for electric vehicles
The new efficient battery packs from Lithium House for electric vehicles.
10 times lighter.
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Chris Emerson - One Year Driving the Nissan Leaf
My good friend Chris Emerson has driven a Nissan Leaf for the last year,
and we spent an afternoon chatting about his experiences driving an
electric vehicle. Friendly warning that this is a long video, but Chris is
a pretty insightful guy. If you've been curious about EV's in general (and
the Leaf specifically) this is a pretty in-depth look at what owning one in
Los Angeles is like.
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The smart production process (2005)
smart places a focus on clean technologies in the production of the smart
fortwo. This starts with the smart plant in Hambach that is largely made of
environmentally compatible building materials and continues right through
to the dismantling and recycling of the smart fortwo. But why not find out
more about smarts ideas for a clean for a clean future and smarts
commitment to the environment for yourself?
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 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.