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    Read This: Why the 'US-built' 2013 Nissan Leaf is 85% 'foreign'

    Interesting news for anyone happy to see Nissan build its all-electric Leaf in America – its components are coming mainly from overseas. While the percentage of domestically produced parts in next year's Leaf will be increasing, this is a good example of how the idea of a US-made car ...

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    Exclusive: How US Nissan Leaf sales are slowed by electrode supply

    If you just look at the numbers, there is something that doesn't make sense about the Nissan Leaf production facility in Smyrna, TN. After all, the automaker has been building EVs there since early this year and can make enough batteries there for over 150,000 cars a year. But, currently, the ...

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    Report: All of a sudden, Nissan doesn't have enough Leafs to go around

    March: 2,236. April: 1,937. May: 2,138. June: 2,225. Those are the US sales totals for the Nissan Leaf over the last four months. According to Erik Gottfried, Nissan's director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, the numbers are a bit too high. Or production is too low. Or something. Point ...

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    Official: Even Nissan's paint plant in Smyrna is green

    Nissan has already boosted its green credentials in the US by moving production of the all-electric Leaf to Smyrna, TN. The Japanese automaker is now taking that effort one step further with a new vehicle-painting facility next door. Nissan just opened a 250,000-square-foot painting facility that ...

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    Official: 2013 Nissan Leaf changes include lower-cost trim, faster charger [w/video]

    For the new model year, Nissan is applying lessons learned from two years of selling the Leaf electric vehicle – and seeing what the competition is doing – to offer a lower-price trim line as well as faster charging and new, upper-level options. The 2013 Nissan Leaf line grows from ...

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    Nissan dealers offering up to $9,775 off new Leaf purchases

    A good time to get a new Nissan Leaf (through select dealers) is between now and January 2, 2013. That's because there's a $9,775 cashback offer through Nissan's finance arm, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. There are few transaction details available on the dealer websites, but the offer appears to ...

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    Official: Nissan starts Leaf work in Tennessee

    While the official start of 2013 Nissan Leaf production in the US isn't scheduled to start for a while yet, but it looks like the Smyrna, TN factory is really starting to get the process in motion now. The picture above appeared on one of Nissan's Facebook pages and the company released a video ...

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    Report: More hints about budget Nissan Leaf coming from Tennessee early next year

    Despite current low lease rates, Nissan is ready to limbo the price of the Nissan Leaf lower, lower, lower. According to Automotive News, Nissan is preparing to build a budget version of America's most popular electric vehicle in Tennessee when the company's plant in Smyrna begins to build the ...

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    Official: Nissan donates Leaf EVs, chargers to Tennessee university

    Nissan is donating Leafs and electric-vehicle charging stations to Middle Tennessee State University. And the good news is that the cars will be able to get to campus from the Nissan factory on a single charge, with plenty of room to spare. The Japanese automaker will give two Leafs and three ...

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    Report: Nissan expects Leaf sales to double when TN plant comes online

    The Nissan Leaf isn't exactly flying off dealer shelves these days, but the slow-selling EV could receive a sales boost when some production is moved to Tennessee. Bloomberg reports that Nissan is ambitiously expecting to double Leaf sales once the plant comes online in December. The sales boost ...

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    Report: Infiniti LE will likely be built alongside Leaf in Tennessee

    The first all-electric Infiniti, which is supposed to hit the market in 2014, will likely be built at the same Tennessee factory as the Nissan Leaf EV, Plugin Cars reported. Two Nissan spokesmen told the Chicago Tribune that the company's factory in Smyrna, TN, was the most likely place where ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf getting upgraded looks, more range in Europe; lower price likely

    Nissan has been exporting all-electric Leaf vehicles from Oppama, Japan to both the U.S. and Europe for over a year, and that's been putting a ceiling on sales numbers and a limit on how low the price can go. To minimize these barriers, the Japanese automaker is getting factories ready in both ...

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    Report: Nissan will double Tennessee workers for Leaf, battery-pack ramp-up

    Nissan will almost double the number of workers at its factory in Smyrna, TN, within the next year in part to ramp up production of both Nissan Leaf electric vehicles and battery packs, HybridCars reports. Nissan will add 1,300 workers specifically for the battery packs and for the Leafs, which ...

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    2013 Nissan Leafs will roll off TN assembly line in December 2012 [w/video]

    You can learn a lot by reading the fine print. Case in point: Even though Japan' March 11 quake disrupted construction of Nissan's Leaf production complex in Smyrna, TN, Nissan says there's no need to fret because the site's open-by-late-2012 timetable remains untouched. What's late 2012? Is it ...

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    Nissan Leaf production to start in Smyrna by late 2012

    Bill Krueger, head of Nissan's manufacturing and supply chain management, tells Automotive News that the March 11 quake in Japan disrupted construction of the automaker's Nissan Leaf production complex in Smyrna, TN, but says there's no need to worry because his team is working 'round the clock ...

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    Construction of Nissan's Smyrna battery plant on schedule

    Current image of Nissan's Smyrna, TN battery plant
    Way back in June of 2009, Nissan announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) had approved the automaker's request for $1.6 billion in loans. Nissan designated the funds for updating its Smyrna, TN factory. Once renovations are complete, the ...

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    Details on Nissan Leaf battery pack, including how recharging speed affects battery life

    Nissan broke ground on a new battery plant in Smyrna, Tennessee yesterday (figuratively, anyway, the actual bulldozing doesn't start for a few weeks). For now, we will call this the U.S. Leaf battery plant, but it's really part of Nissan's strategy to electrify more and more of its vehicles. As ...

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    Nissan CEO Ghosn breaks ground for lithium ion battery plant

    Nissan Leaf factory rendering – Click above for high-res image gallery
    This morning Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was in Smyrna, Tennessee to break ground for the company's first lithium ion battery plant outside of Japan. The factory, adjacent to Nissan's existing vehicle assembly complex there, ...

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    REPORT: Nissan expecting 20,000 initial orders for Leaf EV

    2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for hi-res image gallery
    Starting next spring, Nissan plans to begin taking orders of its upcoming Leaf electric vehicle. By the time the first car is ready to be delivered to a paying customer in the fall, the Japanese automaker expects to have taken some 20,000 ...

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    Nissan to deploy methanol fuel cell material handling equipment

    Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee assembly plant will soon be cutting its CO2 emissions and improving productivity. The plant is retrofitting 60 material handling tugs that are used to move parts around with new methanol fuel cells. The tugs are currently fitted with lead acid batteries that have to be ...


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