Nissan recently began sales of the Nissan LEAF in the South Korea, but LEAFs are not being shipped there from nearby Japan. The Korean LEAFs are in fact coming from the U.S.
What's even more interesting is that Nissan revealed that U.S.-built LEAF is exported not only to Canada, Mexico and Korea, but also to Japan.
To Japan? Why is Japan getting U.S.-built LEAFs when the island nation has its own LEAF assembly line and battery production facility?
57,000 lithium-ion battery packs for LEAFs were manufactured in the U.S. in 2013 & 2014, according to the press release. That's enough for the over 50,000 U.S.-made LEAFs that were sold and a few thousand that are en route for deliveries. But this is not enough to supply LEAFs sold in Japan (well over 10,000 a year).
So, how's it possible for the LEAF to be exported from the U.S. to Japan and why? Honestly, we don't know the answers. Perhaps only a small amount of cars were shipped? Perhaps non-complete gliders for completion in Japan?
INFOGRAPHIC: Nissan Group of North America Reports 1 Million U.S. Exports