Nissan Begins LEAF Production In U.S.

Many consumers and some politicians have been calling for greener energy and independence for decades. A part of the overall green picture in the U.S. involves vehicle emissions. Some states have placed stringent testing on vehicles in an effort to curb emissions. But little has been done to change the way vehicles are made in the U.S. – until now.

Nissan is leading the way with its Nissan LEAF, a vehicle based on electric power and zero emissions.

“Nissan is committed to affordable, sustainable mobility. What we’re doing here will radically transform the automotive experience for consumers. Today is a major step in helping create a green economy in the United States,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Mr. Ghosn continued:

“Production of Nissan LEAF and lithium-ion batteries in Smyrna brings the United States closer to its goal of energy independence, creates green jobs and helps sustain American manufacturing. Nissan is a leader in global manufacturing innovation, and this state-of-the-art battery plant will strengthen that leadership.”

LEAF is an acronym that stands for Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car. It is a huge step forward in the green movement with a 100% electric vehicle that is affordable and is good for the environment.

Production for the vehicle is to begin in 2012.

Prior to production of the LEAF by Nissan, the plant will begin producing lithium-ion batteries, another technological product that is good for the environment and that will enthuse green advocates. The Nissan plant is expected to provide a good number of jobs and help improve the economy as well.