Franklin, Tennessee – Nissan has selected its assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee to produce electric motors for the Leaf. The plant will begin production of the motors starting in early 2013.
Preparation of the plant for electric motor production, facilitated by funding from an incentive program loan by the U.S. Department of Energy, will include a new assembly line and up to 90 new jobs. The plant will have the capacity to produce up to 150,000 motors annually, which will be used in Leaf production at the company’s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
“Nissan’s Tennessee operations are paving the way to a zero-emission future for everyone,” said Bill Krueger, vice-chairman of Nissan Americas. “By delivering motors for the first mass-produced electric vehicles manufactured in the United States, our Decherd plant will play a vital role in making zero-emission mobility a reality for American consumers.”
The Decherd plant opened in 1997 and work to support the electric motor assembly line is the fifth addition to the operations. The plant currently produces engines and components for Nissan vehicles built in North America, along with engine casting and forging operations.