Nissan to bring production of the Leaf electric car up to full speed in March

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 28, 2011

Nissan Motor Co. recently said it would add overtime and holidays at its Oppama, Japan factory towards the end of the business year in March 2011 to bring production of the Leaf electric car up to full speed.

Noting that car demand normally picks up at the end of Japan’s fiscal year in March 2011, the head of the Oppama factory, Seiji Honda said the company will build more Leafs in the next two months

Japan's second-largest automaker has slowly increased output of its first mass-marketed zero-emission car since it starting building the Leaf in late October 2010, completing about 3,000 units to date.

By March 2011, the pace of production will rise to full capacity of about 4,000 Leafs a month at the Oppama factory, south of Tokyo, allowing Nissan to hit a target of producing a total 10,000 units by the end of March 2011, a Nissan official said.

Nissan recently invited journalists to tour the 430,000-units-a-year Oppama plant, where the Leaf hatchback is assembled on a mixed line alongside gasoline-engine models like the Cube, Juke and Note.

With its partner Renault S.A., Nissan wants to lead the auto industry in the field of battery-run electric vehicles.

Nissan delivered its first electric vehicle (EV), the Leaf, to customers in Japan and the United States in December 2010. Until production starts at the Tennessee and Sunderland factories in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Nissan will supply the Leaf from Oppama. [via autonews - sub. required]

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