• Oct 8th 2011 at 8:54AM
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You can learn a lot by reading the fine print.

Case in point: Even though Japan' March 11 quake disrupted construction of Nissan's Leaf production complex in Smyrna, TN, Nissan says there's no need to fret because the site's open-by-late-2012 timetable remains untouched.

What's late 2012? Is it October? November? Is it New Year's Eve? Evidently, "late" 2012 means December, according to the small text posted on the automaker's "Innovations II" commercial, which you can see after the jump. Looks like anyone waiting for those first made-in-the-U.S.-of-A.-Leafs has got another 14 months to hold steady.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hooray for actually making something electric here in the states. Even if it is just assembly. I'd love to put these things together all day.
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        For the record, it won't just be assembly. Part of the massive (and its massive) expansion of Nissan's plant down in Smyrna is the full battery production facility - they'll build nearly the whole vehicle here in the U.S. and then assemble it. Nissan will do the same with European production facilities - its amazing how much money they've put on the line, betting the company on this is not far off.
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        @2WM My sentiments exactly! Exciting to be part of a new era. I have visited the Lexus Hybrid and Nissan Leaf Production facilities in Japan and was stuck by the sense of a new era dawning. I was grateful to be allowed to visit my the UK factory during the construction of my LEVRR. I have also been shown through the Smith Electric Vehicle facility. I found these visits both educational and inspiring! But probably the most interesting experience was either visiting the Jacobsen Plant that produces Electric ride-on mowers, or Ross Blade at his EV Car factory in Castlemaine Vic, Australia. I will be travelling to the ROC (Taiwan) next month to assess a rival large EV Ride-On mower. (Studies show that fossil fuel mowers produce the same amount of pollution (emissions other than carbon dioxide) in one hour as driving a 1992 model vehicle for 650 miles (1,050 km). Or, to put it another way,lawn mower pollution can be more than four times a car, per hour! (Mowers also create significant noise pollution, and can cause hearing loss) . There's only so much a person can crowd into a life time, and I often wish I had studied engineering instead of law at university, so I could have worked in such exciting technologies.
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        ^^
      Ziv
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hope they can get a price reduction, but regardless, it will be a great day when they start producing Leafs in the US. I hope GM, Nissan and Ford are building EREV's and BEV's by the tens of thousands soon.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Ziv
        We really need them in the hundreds of thousands to get some price reduction. Nissan is the only OEM with plans and resources to do this. Bless Tesla's heart anyway for the humongous task of starting from zero. I hope they are able to produce hundreds of thousands some day.
      Marco Polo
      • 8 Months Ago
      @Evsuperhero A very good point! (and they're having fun!). Hey, did you see the advertisement for turning your pick-up truck into a replica Kenworth Semi-Tractor?! Australian expat Bob Suffern, now living in Tennessee, will sell you a kit that will transform your pre-1999 Ford F250, into a scaled down replica Kenworth models aptly named Lil' Pete and Lil' Kenny! The kit, just bolts onto the pickup frame, meticulously retaining the correct proportions of an 18-wheeler. Including a trucker-friendly dash, gauges and "sleeper" , huge chrome gas tanks, enormous heavy, flat , chrome grill etc! Ideal for driving past DF, and blasting the air-horn!
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 8 Months Ago
      Marco, I have not seen the Modded Ford F150. Sounds like some folks have to much money to spend, we all have our hobbies.
      Rotation
      • 8 Months Ago
      Don't count chickens before they hatch.
        Roy_H
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Nissan plant is designed for up to 150k cars/year. GM is planning on 60k Volts/year in 2012 (with only 1 shift). Ford is more modest at 20k Focus EVs but still qualifies for "tens of thousands".
      • 8 Months Ago
      All of our hard work and sh*t like this is still going on. Make me angry! http://jalopnik.com/5847870/watch-a-seriously-fast-dump-truck-hit-the-drag-strip
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 8 Months Ago
        David, their is always going to some gear heads out there pushing the envelope. Maybe they will come out with something that helps, fuel economy with this type of innovation. Racing typically has helped auto in various ways including fuel economy.
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        What the ....??? Two Davids? How can that happen, ABG? I know the odious DF's has at least 5 nom-de-troll registered, but at least with different names!
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 8 Months Ago
        David, I figured out that A123 are 3.3 volts so per kwh price is 682 dollars at 2.2 dollars per ah. http://www.mavizen.com/
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Depends on volume of order the $ does , said yoda
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          The above post was by a different David, I don't think you have ever seen me with asterisked swear words! However, many thanks for the info.
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Sorry David # 2. David #1, why can't you be more like David # 2. Shades of "Space Odessy 2001". That should have been 2.25 dollars per amp ah David #2 or David M. The batteries above will output 10c for 10 seconds. The 35c must be for less than one second and their has got to be another way of getting them than from England for pete sakes. I thought you may have been mad David M.
          Dave D
          • 8 Months Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Interesting to know that. I never remembered seeing David M cursing in any post so I have to admit it kind of raised my eyebrows that you were that upset LOL Sounds more like me...but as you said, it was a different "David" than either of us this time. :-)
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 8 Months Ago
      lets just hope they start up production in the Sunderland plant at the same time if not earlier , serious waiting lists in Europe !
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