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Nissan has officially started production on the Nissan LEAF in Japan's Oppama plant. The LEAF is slated to go on sale in December in Japan and the United States, and from early 2011, in select markets in Europe. The Oppama plant has an annual production capacity of 50,000 units. Nissan LEAF will start production at Smyrna (USA) in late 2012 and at Sunderland in early 2013 (UK), so at first the LEAFs will come from Japan.
Nissan LEAF will be produced at the Oppama Plant along with popular gasoline models such as Nissan Juke and Nissan Cube. Part of the assembly line has been modified to mount battery modules at the stage of production where fuel tanks are traditionally installed, and motors and inverters are mounted at the point where engines are installed in gasoline-powered vehicles. [...]
Nissan LEAF's lithium-ion battery modules are manufactured at the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) operation in Zama, Japan, which is a joint-venture of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and NEC Corporation. The battery module, which contains 4 battery cells, are assembled at Zama and then shipped to the Nissan Oppama facility, where 48 of them are assembled into the electric car's battery pack. (source)
The LEAF's battery will have an 8-year/100,000 miles warranty.
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