Tennessee to Offer $2,500 Incentive for EV Purchase
The incentive is just what Nissan was expecting to make the Leaf even more appealing to the customers. The state is perhaps the most Nissan-friendly state in the US, being one of the launch markets for the Leaf and, even more important, the place where the Japanese manufacturer will start assembly its EV and the battery packs in 2012.
"Today's announcement is just one more step on the path to a green economy in the state of Tennessee and the nation," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America.
"The state has been a leader in the promotion of zero-emission mobility and is to be commended for creating the right environment for all-electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF to be an option for consumers in Tennessee," the vice president added.
The Smyrna facility, to be built with the help of the $25 billion program authorized by Congress as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, will be one of the largest auto manufacturing sites in North America, covering 1.3 million square feet.
Nissan will hire an extra 1,300 people for future needs, who will be in charge of producing 200,000 batteries each year. When the Leaf enters production, 150,000 EVs will roll off the assembly lines.