Nissan Considers Adding Brazil to Growing List of Production Locations for Automaker’s Electric Vehicles

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

Completed 2013 Nissan LEAF in Tennessee...Will Brazil be Next to Manufacture the LEAF

Completed 2013 Nissan LEAF in Tennessee…Will Brazil be Next to Manufacture the LEAF

There’s Tennessee, Japan, the UK and soon maybe even Brazil.

Production Of The 2013 Nissan LEAF In Smyrna, TN

Production Of The 2013 Nissan LEAF In Smyrna, TN

The Nissan LEAF is currently built on 3 continents, but it seems Nissan is considering adding one more: South America.

Nissan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rio de Janeiro State Government (and some other groups we won’t bother to list here) to “accelerate zero-emission transportation” in Brazil.

Under the MoU, Nissan is open to the possibility of manufacturing future electric vehicles somewhere in Brazil.  It’s only a possibility and, seems unlikely, but you never know with Nissan, an automaker that seems set on leading the world in the EV race.

First, Nissan hopes to establish a charging infrastructure in Brazil and to promote electric vehicles there. It’s doing that right now with a pilot program of LEAF taxis in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

Then, if EV sales take off anywhere in South America, Nissan will consider localizing production.

It’s probably a stretch to think that Nissan will someday build LEAFs in South America, but you can never know what the future holds.

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4 responses to "Nissan Considers Adding Brazil to Growing List of Production Locations for Automaker’s Electric Vehicles"

  1. Kimmi says:

    Nissan is playing their cards right here, the only market worthy of a new factory for the Leaf south of Mexico is Brazil and the support of the Brazilian government is important not only for promoting EV’s, but also for the charging grid.

    But how would the Brazilian consumers react to EV’s? That’s a 1 million dollars question…

    1. zilm says:

      do they have any EV sales already?

    2. John says:

      I would by the car the first day it’s available in Brazil.

  2. John says:

    I would buy the car the first day it’s available in Brazil.