Nissan to Build First Electric Cars at Oppama in 2010
Unfortunately, details regarding the cars as well as information related to the specifications, autonomy or powertrains, are yet to be unveiled. However, we do know the Japanese manufacturer has already talked with Automotive Energy Supply to provide laminated compact lithium-ion batteries for electric cars but we still don't know how much a car powered by these batteries will be able to travel in electric mode.
According to the aforementioned source, the Oppama production facility will build around 50,000 electric cars per years starting in 2010 but the capacity is likely to be increased in the next year in case the demand keeps growing.
Nissan has longly promoted its intentions to launch electric vehicles, especially through the Zero Emission mobility it has formed in several locations of the world, in both United States and Europe.
"Nissan through the Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed to being a global leader in zero-emission vehicles," said Dominique Thormann, senior vice president, administration and finance, Nissan North America.
"Nissan believes that zero emissions are the ultimate direction for alternative energy vehicles. We are establishing innovative partnerships with governments, cities and agencies to promote EVs worldwide, and in China we will work closely with our local partners to develop the EV market," Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan chief operating officer said in a release.