The 2013 Nissan Leaf was improved thanks to customer input and, earlier this year, Nissan started building the all-electric car in Tennessee (and, of course, now also in the UK). These two changes helped the world's best-selling EV reach its the best month of US sales ever in March – we look forward to seeing what the April numbers are, which we should be getting in the very near future. We know domestic production reduced costs, since Nissan was happy to tout that angle, but it wasn't until recently that media representatives were allowed inside to see how the company is building the car and battery pack.

We will have a detailed write-up on Nissan's moves in Smyrna, TN for you soon. Until then, you can see the Leaf being built in the time-lapse video below, courtesy of local newspaper, The Tennessean. The audio is not worth listening to, but the images are somehow mesmerizing.



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      Kellan O'Connor
      • 13 Hours Ago
      http://vimeo.com/43083157
      TurboFroggy
      • 13 Hours Ago
      Clicked to watch the video and what ad comes up first? Jiffy Lube, HAHAHAAAA!!! The only time a Leaf will ever see a Jiffy Lube is when they are driving by one and laughing.
        Rotation
        • 13 Hours Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        The LEAF has external speakers so it can emit the moaning noise and backup beeps. Maybe it can be rigged to laugh too and then trigger that from a GPS database of oil change places?
      BipDBo
      • 13 Hours Ago
      Fun video. About 12 years ago, I went on a road trip with my wife. Among other places, we visited the Navy aerospace museum and the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, KY. The Corvette plant was almost as much fun as the Navy museum. Even my wife enjoyed the tour. Unfortunately, though they only showed half the process. Back then, the Corvette was really more of a body on frame than unibody, The assembly line was two separate lines, one for the body and interior, the other for the chassis and drivetrain. The tour followed the body line. We saw the tube steel being bent for the chassis, but didn't see that half of the car, until it came to meet the body for the "mating" process. Within less than 5 minutes of the mating, the car was being driven away. I would have preferred that the the tour took the other route if I had to choose, but nonetheless, it was still very cool to watch. My understanding is that the Corvette is much more of a unibody now. The Corvette line 12 years ago was also much less automated than this Nissan line is, and probably much less than it is now. I'd like to take the tour again and see how the line has evolved. One thing that impresses me about this plant, though is that it assembles many cars, not just one particular model. Diversifying the plant surely keeps it running more consistently. Organizing the system is probably a monumental task. I would probably keep walking up to a Leaf holding a Versa door. "Oh dangit!," as I walk back. It would be interesting how they keep all of the different parts straight and the assembly freely flowing without confusion.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 13 Hours Ago
      It could laugh every time you drive past gas stations, too! :-) Neil