Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company has announced that it will produce electric vehicles (EV) at its Oppama Plant in Japan, starting in the fall of 2010.

The Oppama Plant is a core base of Nissan’s manufacturing and will be positioned as the model plant for best practices in EV production.

The plant will start EV production in 2010 with capacity of 50,000 units per year, which will continuously increase for the start of EV mass-marketing in 2012. Motors and inverters, which are key components of EVs, will be built at Nissan’s Yokohama Plant and Zama Operations Center in Kanagawa, respectively. Automotive Energy Supply Corporation, one of Nissan’s affiliated companies based in the Zama Operations Center, will produce laminated-type compact lithium ion batteries for the vehicles.

Nissan said that, in keeping with its aim to be a global leader in zero-emission vehicles, it will continuously seek overseas production opportunities for EVs and sources for components.

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