Nissan LEAF Battery – How It’s Made (w/video)

DEC 16 2014 BY MARK KANE 10

If you’ve ever wondered how Nissan is making batteries forĀ  the LEAF, then you’re in luck. Here we have an infographic, photos and video from Nissan’s UK battery plant.

There is a lot of special equipment that needs a check from time to time and it seems that humans are doing only some assembly work on the modules and packs.

It seems rather empty inside the facility.

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery

Everything begins with producing materials:

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

Time for quality check:

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

Time to make some cells…

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

…modules, and battery packs:

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

 

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

The making of a Nissan LEAF battery in Sunderland, UK

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10 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Battery – How It’s Made (w/video)"

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Is this the Lizard pack?

Dan

Just to add to this, here’s a detailed video of the LEAF build process (Tennessee factory in the US):

GeorgeS

Nice work up.

Spec9

Very nice. We really need larger batteries though. A little more energy density and pack more of them in.

And a better thermal management system would be good.

lml

So where is the cost coming from? The process looks dead simple and scalable, especially comparing to other automotive components. Is it the cost of machines? Materials?

martinwinlow

A very good question. I analysed the materials cost of the cells a year or so back and came out at around US$50/kWh. Looking at the factory floor, they have obviously spent an awful lot of money on a bunch of fairly advanced and relatively unusual machines which I suspect is the main reason for the cost of the finished product currently being around US$300-400/kWh – maybe a bot less now that we are nearly a year on. There is a fair amount of electronics involved in the pack too which might account for US$500-1000. This is another area where huge cost savings could be made as the circuitry complexity reduces with advanced designs of battery management-specific integrated circuit designs becoming available. I foresee a price of $US 200/kWh within a year or so, assuming the EV market continues to gather pace and therefore allowing much improved economies of scale. MW

Scott Franco

Nice, thanks.

Ryan

I just like the voltage each one of those metal cans is. The chemistry; not so much.

Bill Howland

Thanks for the article: Nice video.

Seems like they have the articulated Robot doing the simpler tasks and the humans doing the slightly more dexterous ones.

Ryan

I’d like to see a 2 door Leaf. Would be like a VW Golf.

Consider the weight savings and cost savings.

Honda CRX and those 1990’s 2 door hatch Civic’s were beast of cars if hopped up(for drag racing). 8’s, 9’s, 10’s in the 1/4 or better. Actually the fast ones are a whole lot faster these days…

Future Model S and X with over 1,000hp and the little Model E hatch with over 450 hp….

Now the question is Tesla truck or electric Ford F-150 first?

If Nissan or Toyota(or even Honda) had any sense or foresight; they’d be first. That’s where the big money is.

Just day dreaming.

Do a poll/survey for how much range is desired for a pavement king, grocery getter, highway commuter F-150.