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Nissan launches new and improved Leaf

Nissan has started production of its new and improved, 100% electric Leaf.

Incorporating over 100 updates, the Leaf for 2013 is now rolling off the line at the company’s Sunderland plant, using advanced lithium-ion batteries manufactured in Nissan’s new UK battery plant.

The commencement of production marks the culmination of four years of preparation at the plant and a previously announced around $500m investment by Nissan. Together the battery plant and Leaf production are supporting jobs for more than 2,000 people in the UK car industry, including more than 500 directly at Nissan.

The new Leaf aims at making Nissan’s zero-emissions technology accessible to more European drivers, thanks to updates such as an increased driving range of 199km and the ability to recharge in half the time of the first-generation LEAF.

The launch of the updated electric vehicle comes as Nissan’s Sunderland plant marks making more than seven million vehicles since opening in 1986. Last year it produced 510,572 vehicles and became the first UK car factory to make more than half a million cars in one year.

Nissan’s executive vice president Andy Palmer celebrated the official start of the new electric vehicle production with the 6,100 staff now employed on site. “Today’s announcement progresses Nissan’s unwavering commitment to zero emissions motoring. The Leaf is our most technically advanced car yet and the launch of this new model, built along with its batteries in Sunderland, is a huge boost not only for the plant but for British manufacturing.”

With more than 55,000 Leafs on the world’s roads today, and with two years of real-world zero emissions experience behind it, the Leaf is now built in three locations worldwide: Sunderland, UK; Smyrna, Tennessee, USA; and Oppama, Japan.

The launch of three new grades, new interior trim, the addition of Nissan’s Around View Monitor technology and new suspension settings – specifically tailored for European roads – gives customers in Europe a second-generation zero-emissions car, before most companies have even launched their first electric vehicle.

Integrated on the same line as the Nissan Qashqai, in just 12 months, Nissan has increased the number of dealers selling the Leaf from 200 to 1,400 and the number of charging points in Europe has grown from 12,000 to more than 20,000.

The new Leaf will soon be joined by all-electric versions of the award-winning NV200, to be called e-NV200, in both light commercial van and five-seat combi versions. Development of a dedicated EV taxi based on the e-NV200 is also underway. An Infiniti EV is expected in 2015.

3 April 2013


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