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Local US Production for Nissan Leaf Battery Packs Commences

Nissan has just announced the production start of lithium-ion battery packs, destined for their Leaf EV, at the Smyrna, Tennessee plant, where they will also build the actual car - currently, it is imported from Japan. Nissan has hired an additional 300 workers, for the battery operation alone, and will be hiring more (1,000 more, to be precise), as the Leaf goes into production at the plant in early 2013.
Nissan Smyrna Plant 1 photo
Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn said: "The opening of this facility in Tennessee supports our goal of making zero-emissions mobility a reality through American jobs and American manufacturing." Furthermore, the local production of the Leaf means that it can be sold at lower prices, as taxes for locally-made cars are far more lenient than they are for imports.

The plant itself has an impressive production capacity, as it can churn out 200,000 battery packs every year, some of which may end up in the 15 new green models Nissan is planning to bring out by 2017.

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