After facing much criticism in the media for production delays on the LEAF, Nissan announced today that it would add overtime hours at one of its Japanese factories to speed up production of the LEAF by March.
Last week, we told you about how Nissan LEAF‘s first and most passionate buyers were having an increasingly hard time getting their hands on the actual car. Many of the 20,000 customers who pre-ordered the electric vehicle were told they’d have to wait for several more months before they got possession of it.
Now that seems to be changing — Japan’s second-biggest automaker is increasing production on its first mass-marketed EV. By March, the Oppama factory in Japan will produce about 4,000 LEAFs a month, putting Nissan on track to produce 10,000 units by the end of that time frame.
The company said that all its 20,000 U.S. customers will have the car by September — which is still several months away to many customers chagrin, but at least they have a time frame now. Nissan delivered in its first LEAF last month and production in the U.S. will start next year.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Although the Nissan leaf was the first fully-electric vehicle to be released by a major auto manufacturer, production has struggled to keep up with demand – Nissan’s commitment to ramp up production stands to significantly speed up the adoption of electric vehicles.