Nissan's Sunderland, U.K. Plant to Build 2012 Leaf EV

In addition to sites in the U.S. and Japan, Nissan 's upcoming Leaf electric vehicle will be built alongside the Juke compact crossover at the brand'sSunderland, U.K. plant. The zero-emission, five-passenger model will roll off the Number 2 assembly line in 2013.

Sunderland has a planned initial capacity of 50,000 units and will be complemented by a new lithium-ion battery plant that's scheduled to open in 2012. It'll churn out a maximum of 60,000 batteries per year.

The Renault-Nissan alliance is investing $639.8 million into the location. Its site in Oppama, Japan will begin Leaf production later this year, with Smyrna, Tennessee, following in 2012.

A limited number of Japanese, American, and European buyers will have the chance to put a Leaf in their garages later this year. Availability, at this point, has much to do with a customer's location and that location's friendliness to EVs in terms of infrastructure, grid capacity, and other factors. Nissan hopes to introduce the Leaf on a global scale in 2012.

Source: Nissan

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