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Nissan to produce LEAF motors in Tennessee plant

ABR Staff Writer Published 21 July 2011

Nissan Americas will start producing the electric motor for the Nissan LEAF in early 2013, at its Decherd, Tennessee, powertrain assembly plant.

The company said that preparation of the plant for electric motor production will include addition of a new assembly line and will create up to 90 new jobs.

Upon completion of the new assembly line, the plant will have an annual production capacity of 150,000 electric motors for Nissan LEAFs, which will be built at the company's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

The plant's refresh will be helped by a loan from the US Department of Energy Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program.

Nissan Americas vice chairman Bill Krueger said the company's Tennessee operations are paving the way to a zero-emission future for everyone.

"By delivering motors for the first mass-produced electric vehicles manufactured in the US, our Decherd plant will play a vital role in making zero-emission mobility a reality for American consumers," Krueger said.

The 1.2 million sq ft Decherd was opened in 1997, it produces engines and components for Nissan vehicles built in North America, and also houses engine casting and forging operations.

The plant currently has an annual production capacity of 950,000 engines, 1.1 million crankshaft forgings and 192,000 cylinder-block castings.