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by Matt Brogan

Nissan has today announced it will produce electric vehicles (EVs) at its Oppama Plant from September 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.

Once production begins the plant will have the capability to produce up to 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 initially be built in the Zama Operations Centre before being moved to the Yokohama plant once EV production is in full swing.

In addition, Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), one of Nissan’s affiliated companies based in Zama Operations Centre, will produce laminated-type compact lithium-ion batteries for EVs.

Aiming to a be a global leader in zero-emission vehicles, Nissan will continuously seek overseas production opportunities for EVs and sourcing of components.




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