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.
2012 Ford Focus Electric Vehicle static and driving footage
All-new Ford Focus Electric is the first fuel-free, rechargeable passenger
car from Ford and one of five new electrified vehicles Ford will deliver by
2013 in North America and Europe
Focus Electric will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than
Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles
The all-electric Focus is capable of fully recharging in three to four
hours at home using the available wall-mounted 240-volt charge station --
charging in half the time of the Nissan Leaf
The new Focus Electric offers value charging, powered by Microsoft, to help
owners in the U.S. charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates,
lowering the cost of ownership
Focus Electric provides a special version of MyFord Touch™ driver connect
technology especially for electric customers and introduces MyFord Mobile,
a smartphone app and website for monitoring key vehicle functions and
charge settings while mobile
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.
Nissan LEAF Test Drive and Review
Nissan LEAF Test Drive & Review-
Green Energy News had the recent pleasure of test driving the brand
spankin' new, highly-anticipated zero emission vehicle (ZEV) developed by
Nissan, dubbed LEAF - or Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable,
Family Car. Mark Perry, Director of Product Planning for Nissan North
America, talks about the vision behind the Nissan LEAF and touches on it's
eco-friendly features, cost/price, battery/charging information, and
The LEAF we drove is a pre-production prototype... basically the production
model. This is NOT a "mule" or the VERSA "shell" which was making a tour
across the US earlier this year.
Design: Smooth lines, aerodynamic, and pleasing to look at. The LEAF might
not be the most eye-catching car on the road, but we feel like it will
appeal to most consumers in the compact car market. We saw it as a cross
between a luxury crossover SUV (think Lexus RX 350), a Toyota Matrix, and
the Nissan Versa.
Performance- The 107 HP (80kw) motor puts out 206 lb-ft of torque which is
readily available at 0 MPH! We were more than surprised with the amount of
pep the LEAF showed off the line. At moderate speeds (approx 45 MPH) the
LEAF had NO problems passing other vehicles with minimal efforts. Towards
the end of the video, you can see the LEAF accelerating into a right turn,
reaching speeds of almost 50 MPH from a creeping start with ease. The LEAF
is responsive and fun to drive. Is it a sportscar... NO! Is it more fun to
drive than a traditional compact... BY FAR! Handling is wonderful- the
lithium ion battery pack is center mounted under the vehicle creating even
balance and sturdy handling. Try it for yourself... this thing is FUN to
Price- $32,000 might be a little steep for us, but after $7,500 in federal
rebates/incentives... the LEAF is right up our alley. With California
giving us an additional $5,000 in rebates, the LEAF would be a steal at
just under $20k! Considering the Chevy Volt is priced around $40k before
rebates/incentives, and DOESN'T qualify for the additional $5k rebate in CA
due to it's gasoline engine/generator, the LEAF looks like a solid deal.
FULL review available at Green Energy News
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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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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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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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.
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