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.
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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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.
2015 Nissan Leaf Review
In this episode of Weekly Drive, Jeff reviews the 2015 Nissan Leaf, a
battery powered car on the cutting edge of technology. Thanks to Ken Garff
Nissan for loaning us this vehicle. Please visit their website at
2011 Nissan Leaf SL Power Up, Engine, Test Drive, and In Depth Tour
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presentation, we will take a 1st person look at what the vehicle is all
about beginning with the start up, performance data, fuel economy, the
occasional track data, and build quality. Also, I will teach you how to use
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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 ).
Nissan iV Design Concept
Nissan's entry in the 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge is a light-weight
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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