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.
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.
2015 Volvo XC90 - Safety
The all-new Volvo XC90 will offer the most comprehensive and
technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the
automotive industry. It includes two world first safety technologies, a run
off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability. City
Safety, the umbrella name for all of Volvo Cars' auto brake functions, is
also standard equipment. It covers vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in
front of the car, both day and night. These innovations contribute to
making the all-new XC90 one of the safest cars ever made. Spokes persons:
Lotta Jakobsson, Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety
at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
Chris Emerson - One Year Driving the Nissan Leaf
My good friend Chris Emerson has driven a Nissan Leaf for the last year,
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the Leaf specifically) this is a pretty in-depth look at what owning one in
Los Angeles is like.
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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.
Chevrolet Car Manufacturing in 1936 - "Master Hands" - Educational Documentary - Ella73TV
General Motors & Chevrolet produced this publicity film in 1936 to show the
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Nissan Leaf review from Consumer Reports
The Nissan Leaf is the first mainstream electric car sold in America. It is
pleasant to drive but its short range and long recharge time limit
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Nissan iV Design Concept
Nissan's entry in the 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge is a light-weight
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