Nissan Leaf, the Way It Comes to Be

Last week, we got the chance to take a sneak peak at GM's Volt production process, as the US-based carmaker tried to get us closer to the way the plug-in hybrid model comes together. Today, it's Nissan's turn to take us for a trip inside its Leaf production plant and show us how a single metal piece becomes the world's first mass-produced electric vehicle.

Although we're sure you know, it's our job to remind you that the Nissan Leaf is produced at the Oppama plant, together with Nissan Juke and Cube, while batteries are manufactured at the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) in Zama, Japan.

The car will go on sale this month in Japan and in the US while, beginning with early 2011, it will become available in most countries around the world, as Nissan intends to sell it all over the globe. Production will also commence in Smyrna, Tennessee, as well as in Sunderland, England for the European market.

"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."

That being said, we'll let you watch the 5-minute clip and see how the world's first-mass-market priced EV takes shape.

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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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