Nissan is clearly bullish with its all-new Leaf. The company has announced it will produce the new electric car at assembly plants in the UK and U.S., joining the Japanese plant that has been producing the current Leaf since day one.
The added production will specifically take place at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee here in the U.S. and its Sunderland plant in the UK. Obviously the Tennessee plant will add production volume for North America, while the UK plant will supply Europe. Both plants will begin ramping up Leaf production before the end of this year.
“We’re proud to continue manufacturing the Nissan Leaf at three plants globally. The Nissan Leaf is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, with its many advanced technologies. Nissan employees in Oppama, Smyrna, and Sunderland are excited to continue producing the most popular electric vehicle in the world”, said the company’s Executive VP of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Fumiaki Matsumoto.
Nissan revealed the new Leaf earlier this week with an all-new design and a price tag that starts at $29,990 before tax credits. Nissan is expecting the lower price point and new technology features will greatly increase sales volume, pushing them to add the additional assembly locations for the car.
The new Leaf is powered by a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers 150 miles of range. That battery sends power to an electric motor that generates 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the 40-kWh battery, Nissan is expected to rollout a 60-kWh pack in the Leaf at a later date.
The Nissan Leaf will go on sale in Japan by the end of this year, while a rollout in Europe and the U.S. will occur in early 2018.