LEAF Pre-Orders Exceed Production Capacity Months Before Launch
Time for Other Auto-Makers to Increase Their Electric Car Production Targets!
When Nissan first announced its production schedule for the electric LEAF, some thought that the numbers were too high. But it turns out that these numbers might turn out to be too low (not surprising considering the price of the LEAF in the US and in Europe), at least at first. Months before the launch, Nissan already has 17,000 pre-orders in the U.S. and Japan, which is more than they will be able to produce for at least the first half of 2011.
Nissan LEAF Production Targets
Once the Japanese Nissan plant is running full steam, Nissan should have a production capacity of about 50,000 LEAF's per year, and this will be increased once the plants in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Sunderland, England, come online in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
The Smyrna plant received funds from the DOE and: "Nissan's goal is to make about 150,000 LEAFs and 200,000 battery packs a year in Smyrna once production is up to speed. This should create about 1,300 jobs."
The Sunderland plant should produce about 50,000 LEAFs annually according to the BBC.
Via Autoblog Green
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