Nissan Breaks Ground on Li-ion Plant for LEAF in Tennessee

Nissan Smyrna Plant Rendering

In brief: Nissan has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. Once operational, the plant will produce batteries for the Nissan LEAF electric car.

The word

Sustainable Mobility Plant, Smyrna

Expected to open in 2012, the Smyrna facility will comprise 1.3 million square feet and will be capable of producing 200,000 advanced-tech batteries annually, at full capacity.

The new plant will be located next to Nissan's existing vehicle assembly plant, which is undergoing retooling to accommodate the LEAF.

The U.S. Department of Energy has loaned 80% of the plant upgrades and building costs ($1.4 billion) with Nissan footing the other $300 million.

And so ...

The LEAF is expected to be a hot seller, with thousands already selling out the 2011 issue.

Photo credits: Nissan

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