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Published on April 1st, 2013 | by James Ayre


Nissan Leaf EV Now Being Manufactured On Three Continents With Opening Of New Battery Plant In UK

April 1st, 2013 by  

Reposted from EV Obsession with permission:

A new version of the Nissan LEAF, featuring more than 100 updates, is now being produced at the company’s Sunderland Plant in the UK. This development means that the Leaf is now being manufactured on three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Image Credit: Nissan Leaf via Wikimedia Commons

Among the updates present in the 2013 Nissan Leaf EV, two of the most significant are an improved range, now up to 124 miles, and a faster charge.

The addition of Leaf production at the Sunderland Plant has resulted in the creation of over 2,000 new jobs. (This includes jobs at Nissan’s new UK Battery Plant.)

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted in Nissan’s press release as saying: “Nissan’s record breaking year last year is a success story for UK volume car manufacturing and demonstrates how our automotive industry is competing and thriving in the global race. I warmly welcome the production of the new electric LEAF model and battery plant at Sunderland. This £420 million investment, backed by Government, is supporting over 2,000 jobs in our automotive sector including more than 500 at Nissan in Sunderland, helping people in the area who want to work hard and get on.”

The Nissan Leaf has been doing pretty well as of late. Sales this year have have climbed about 37% since last year, with about 55,000 total units sold since its release. Not bad. Major infrastructure improvements in Europe have been coming along as well, with the number of charging points in Europe growing from 12,000 to over 20,000 during the last year. With improving infrastructure, sales should continue to climb into the foreseeable future.

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  • The parts are from ASIA. Job creation that was promised in America is NOT was was promised. An insider said it was “just a kit” …..

    • this is about UK manufacturing. but in any case, who is working in the factories in the US & UK? clearly, local residents.

    • Bob_Wallace

      It’s an “assembly” plant. Parts are imported (for now) and assembled into complete cars. That’s pretty standard procedure in the car business. Any workers putting parts together in the US are not living in Japan.

      I suspect your insider source’s hobby is sucking lemons.

      As time goes on more of the parts will be made in the US. Nissan has already build a battery plant alongside the assembly plant.

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