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PHOTO CAPTION: Nissan LEAF will be built in Tennessee starting in 2013

Made-In-USA Nissan LEAF Due in 2013

Decherd, Tennessee plant has begun test building electric motors for future LEAF production that will be built in Smyrna, 70 miles away.

Published: 09-Nov-2012

Been waiting for an American made Nissan Leaf? Turns out you may not have to wait much longer, as we are very close now to the Japanese automaker producing the 2013 version of this electric car in Tennessee. In fact, some work as already begun, as Nissan recently announced it began electric motor building trials at a plant in that state.

While primary production of the Leaf stateside will occur in Smyrna, Tenn., the plant the electric motor is being tested at is about 70 miles away in the city of Decherd. A nice little corporate video further on in this story details what’s been going on in Decherd, but what we can tell you here is that Nissan’s “globally certified trainer for eMotor production” spent two, three-month stints at the company’s global headquarters in Japan learning how to sculpt these motors.

And what goes into building an electric motor for a Nissan Leaf you might ask? To start with, over one mile of copper wire for each one, according to Nissan. This wire is wound to form the motor, later conducting an electro- magnetic field to create rotational force and pull a vehicle. It is said to take more time for an electric motor to be assembled compared to a gas engine, and it also takes about 25 people per shift to ensure an electric motor is made properly.

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