Nissan has announced plans to add 15 new hybrid models to its lineup by 2016 and to launch the United States’ largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Although Nissan only currently has two hybrid/ electric cars in its Infiniti lineup, Nissan is preparing for an onslaught of new electrified models.
The Nissan Leaf was released in 2010 and since then Nissan has sold more than 18,000 Leafs in the U.S. and more than 46,000 worldwide. “Opening this U.S. plant is an important milestone in Nissan’s overarching strategy to foster sustainable mobility around the world,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. “Nissan is the zero-emissions vehicle leader, and we are making significant strides as one of the largest producers of electric vehicles and batteries in the United States. The opening of this facility in Tennessee supports our goal of making zero-emissions mobility a reality through American jobs and American manufacturing.”
The new facility in Tennessee is capable of producing up to 200,000 batteries annually depending on market demand. The Nissan Leaf will also be produced at the Tennessee plant. The 2013 Nissan Leaf is set to receive a host of new technological advancements, but Nissan hasn’t unveiled the US-spec version. The 2013 Nissan Leaf will debut in early 2013.