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Construction of solar-assisted charging stations at Nissan's Smyrna, TN factory

At Nissan's Oppama plant in Japan, the battery-powered Leaf rolls off the same line that the Juke and Cube crossovers strolled down just minutes before. Rather than dedicate a line for the electric hatch, Nissan streamlined the Leaf's complex assembly process, allowing it to be built alongside a conventional auto. This streamlined process cuts down on assembly costs and allows line workers to carry out familiar tasks.

Nissan Leaf factory rendering – Click above for high-res image gallery