Nissan moves forward on electric battery plant
Construction is progressing on Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., which will produce lithium-ion batteries to power the Nissan LEAF zero-emission vehicle.
The all-electric Nissan LEAF will be produced at Nissan’s vehicle-assembly facility in Smyrna beginning in 2012.
The foundation is laid, structure being erected and roof being installed on the vehicle battery-manufacturing plant, which at 1.3-million square feet at full capacity, will be one of the largest in the country.
The battery plant will be capable of producing 200,000 advanced-technology batteries annually.
It is located adjacent to Nissan’s vehicle-assembly plant, which is being retooled to accommodate production of Nissan LEAF and will be capable of producing 150,000 electric cars annually.
Combined, the construction of the battery plant and modification of the Smyrna manufacturing facility represent an investment of up to (US) $1.7 billion, which initially is being supported by a U.S. Department of Energy loan for 80 per cent of that investment, up to $1.4 billion. FILL - The Return of World Land Speed Racing 6.5 inches