Renault-Nissan Will Have Capacity of 1/2 Million EVs Per Year

2010 Nissan LEAF

In brief: Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan says that when the LEAF enters the market later this year, it will not only be the first mass-market, affordable electric car in modern times, but that the Renault-Nissan alliance will have a battery production capacity of 500,000 units.

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Nissan LEAF

The battery capacity will be their strongest market point, allowing them to use budgets of scale to continue to reduce the price of their electric vehicles.

Ghosn also announced that the current pre-order numbers (13,000) has surpassed their planned 2010 capacity for the car, but they will be ramping up production in 2011 for even more LEAFs.

Overall, Nissan will have a 2012 production capacity of over a million cars per year, of all models, when their new plants in China open.

And so ...

Nissan appears to be moving to take its place as a big boy in alt-automotive.

Photo credits: Nissan

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