Production of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle was temporarily halted in the wake of the recent earthquake in Japan. However, according to Ocean Pines Used Nissan, production resumed again at Nissanâs Oppama plant late last week, but executives say that it will be some time before production reaches pre-quake levels
As production gradually ramps up in Japan, a shipment of 1,500 Leafs just arrived in the U.S. This includes a shipment of 600 Leafs that left Japan the day before the earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeastern part of Japan.
Nissan has already informed customers at a Worcester Nissan Dealer and elsewhere waiting to take delivery of their new EV to expect to wait a little longer. Delays are due to recent plant shutdowns, electrical power rationing and continuing parts shortages.
The Nissan Leaf is currently on sale in the Japan and Europe, in addition to the U.S. Total deliveries have not topped the 5,000 unit mark.