Nissan Celebrates Two Years of LEAF Sales with Announcement of U.S. Battery Plant

 Nissan Celebrates Two Years of LEAF Sales with Announcement of U.S. Battery

-Largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the U.S. now assembling
batteries in Tennessee to power all-electric, zero-emission 2013 Nissan LEAF-

PR Newswire

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2012

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --With two years of Nissan LEAF
sales just completed, the company today announced the launch of the United
States' largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The
facility – which is making battery components for the ramp-up of production of
the all-electric, zero-emission 2013 Nissan LEAF early next year – is one of
three of its kind in the world operated by a major automaker.


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Since December 2010, Nissan has delivered more than 18,000 LEAFs to U.S.
customers and more than 46,000 worldwide, making it the most successful
100-percent electric vehicle in history.

"Opening this U.S. plant is an important milestone in Nissan's overarching
strategy to foster sustainable mobility around the world," said Carlos Ghosn,
president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. "Nissan is the
zero-emissions vehicle leader, and we are making significant strides as one of
the largest producers of electric vehicles and batteries in the United States.
The opening of this facility in Tennessee supports our goal of making
zero-emissions mobility a reality through American jobs and American

The first batteries produced at the plant have completed the required aging
process and are now ready to receive their first charge. The state-of-the-art
facility is capable of expanding to produce modules for up to 200,000
batteries annually depending on market demand. Those batteries can serve as
the power source for the all-electric Nissan LEAF and for future vehicles that
could be added to the portfolio.

The new battery plant is located adjacent to Nissan's existing vehicle
assembly plant in Tennessee, which has been retooled to accommodate production
of the Nissan LEAF. Adding production of the Nissan LEAF and the battery has
resulted in the creation of more than 300 U.S. manufacturing jobs to date. As
battery production and LEAF assembly expand to accommodate demand, combined
operations could add up to 1,000 additional jobs as needed.

The Nissan LEAF is manufactured on the same line as Altima and Maxima so
volume can readily be adjusted among the vehicles to meet demand. The 2013
model-year Nissan LEAF will receive a number of technological advancements and
feature changes, which will be announced closer to the vehicle's on-sale date
in early 2013.

The recent growth of Nissan's U.S. manufacturing plants is part of a strategy
to localize core-model production. By 2015, Nissan aims to have 85 percent of
all Nissan and Infiniti products that are sold in the United States produced
in North America. Nissan, which is in the middle of a product blitz launching
five key models in 15 months, will report record sales for 2013 following a
year of significant new vehicle introductions, such as the all-new 2013
Altima, Sentra and Pathfinder.

Combined, the construction of the battery plant and modification of the Smyrna
manufacturing facility represent an investment of up to $1.7 billion when
built to full capacity. The project is supported by a U.S. Department of
Energy loan for up to $1.4 billion.

The loan was issued as part of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing
Loan Program, program authorized by Congress as part of the Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007. The program is designed to accelerate
the development of vehicles and technologies that increase U.S. energy
independence, create cleaner means of transportation and stimulate the
American economy.

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About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing
exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive
range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in
zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the
Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and
winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at

About Nissan Americas
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More
information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and
Infiniti vehicles can be found online at, or visit the Americas media sites and

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