Largest Lithium-Ion Automotive Battery Plant In The U.S
Despite already being in production (the plant officially launched Friday, Nov. 16, 2012), and after an opening ceremony that had to be cancelled due to dignitaries unavailability, Nissan today publicly launched their $1.7 billion battery plant, which is adjacent to the Smryna, TN facility that builds the 2013 Nissan LEAF.
"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.
In a corporately produced video (below) Nissan takes us through the plant, what went into building it and training the staff. Mostly.
The company also states that much of the plant can not be shown, otherwise they would be giving a free look to the competition at the future of battery technology.
Over the summer, we suggested that the upcoming Infiniti LE, an all-electric luxury sedan, with 2nd generational battery technology would be built in the US; and part of the "no access" at the battery plant today likely has something to do with this vehicle.
The first batteries produced at the plant have completed the required aging process and are now ready to receive their first charge. The facility is capable of expanding to produce modules for up to 200,000 batteries annually, depending on market demand.
The 2013 model-year Nissan LEAF will receive a number of technological advancements and feature changes that have yet to be announced by Nissan USA, but the majority of which can be found on the newly released Japanese-spec 2013 LEAF.
“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 manufacturing.”
To date, Nissan has sold over 46,000 LEAFs.
Seperately, and in a more interesting video presentation released yesterday, Nissan had some US owners take a tour of their Japanese LEAF production facility in Oppama, Japan.