While the official start of 2013 Nissan Leaf production in the US isn't scheduled to start for a while yet, but it looks like the Smyrna, TN factory is really starting to get the process in motion now. The picture above appeared on one of Nissan's Facebook pages and the company released a video (available below) about production of the Leaf's electric motor, which is going to take place in nearby Decherd, TN. Today, all of the eMotors used in the Leaf are assembled in Japan. The takeaway tidbit you can share with your EV friends: there's over a mile of wire in each eMotor.

Nissan has big hopes for the Leaf once it's made in the US. More employees, for one thing, as well as cheaper batteries. But it's higher sales, perhaps climbing high enough to reach 20,000 for the fiscal year that will end March 31, 2013, that are perhaps the biggest box on the wishlist. Previously, Nissan said the Smyrna plant could make as many as 200,000 Leafs (and 150,000 battery packs) a year.



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      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking forward to an American made vehicle powered entirely by domestic energy.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Rather bittersweet, because we had such a thing in the early 1900's.. Every car made from domestic steel and domestic labor. Our gasoline was produced here too. Marijuana was still legal. We were on the gold standard and had sound money. We had a good economy. We weren't entrenched in multiple wars and didn't have many enemies. Amazing how hard it is to get back to that place of peace and economic prosperity!
          purrpullberra
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Thx Marco, now I have Archie Bunker singing in my head.
          Marcopolo
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          @ American Refugee, Bring back Prohibition, Jim Crow Laws, lynching, ban Darwin, reinstate Phrenology, revoke equal pay for women,( in fact, revoke the right to vote ), .......the US could sure do with a man like Herbert Hoover again....
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Marco... Phrenology would be cool. People could tell politicians were criminal by viewing and feeling the shape of their heads. Wonder what Romney's head feels like? Can't see his cranium like I can Obama's, what's he hiding under all that puffy hair.
          raktmn
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          By no wars, you mean no wars besides the Spanish-American war and the first World War? Or are you leaving these out and just referring to the less than 20 years between these two wars where the US troops fought in around a dozen insurrections, occupations, and rebellions? By economic prosperity, you must be excluding the Great Depression? The early 1900's was a prime example of a boom/bust cycle where economic bubbles are very damaging in the long run. Economies cannot sustain an economic bubble without the inevitable crash. It would be crazy to want to repeat that bubble. Overheated bubble economies are not "good" economies, they are very, very bad. It is very amazing how hard it is to get back to a place that never existed.
          American Refugee
          • 4 Hours Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Bring back the robber barons! Reform the trusts! Wipe out those pesky little Philippinos! Tainted meat and unregulated mining, manufacturing and oil exploration for all! And best of all, feeling a little ill? We've got leeches!
        Peter Muller
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        its called ... drum role... TESLA Model S.. already there..
        paulwesterberg
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        *Affordable, mass produced...
      Rick
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Production to start in Sunderland England United Kingdom soon as well, Nissan UK is one of the most productive Nissan plants in the world. Nissan starts Leaf work in Sunderland, take away that tidbit to share with your friends.
      Ray Blackburn
      • 4 Hours Ago
      Nissan will probably lower the price and hopefully increase demand. I prefer further range for the same price. Leaf goes 80 miles at 55 mph. Make it go 125 miles at 55 mph for the same price and I would be interested to buy. That means it would go 150 in the city.
        Spec
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @Ray Blackburn
        They and others are trying. But the laws of physics and economics make it very difficult.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Hours Ago
      I hope this ends up being worth the investment. Hats off to Nissan for having the balls to continue tredging on despite the negative outlook. But, if it is not cheaper, it will fail.. guaranteed.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      But what will the price be
        Spec
        • 4 Hours Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        That is the great mystery that everyone wants to learn. Hopefully there will be a significant price-drop that will spur sales. The current price is just not working with customers.
      MTN RANGER
      • 4 Hours Ago
      I really doubt the price will be much cheaper. I thought they would introduce the "stripper" model as the reduced price option.
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