Nissan has officially kicked off production of the all-new 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan Leaf at its Oppama facility. The Leaf is slated to go on sale in December in both Japan and the United States, followed by shipments to Europe.
“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.”
The Leaf will be built alongside other Nissan products, including the Cube and the all-new Juke. While the Leaf is a radically different car than other vehicles produced at the Oppama Plant, the automaker asserts that production quality and efficiency are assured by applying the Nissan Production Way (NPW) in every step of the assembly process.
“Oppama will serve as the ‘Mother Plant’ for the production of Nissan Leaf,” said Hidetoshi Imazu, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing. “We will use all of the know-how and learnings from Oppama to ensure the highest quality at all sites that manufacture Nissan EVs.”
The Oppama plant has an annual production capacity of 50,000 units. Sites for future production of Nissan EVs include Smyrna, Tennessee, in the United States and Sunderland, England, in the UK.
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