Location: Smyrna, TN
In January 2010, the Department of Energy awarded Nissan a $1.45 billion loan under the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program. Nissan used the loan to construct one of the largest advanced battery manufacturing plants in the U.S., retool its Smyrna, Tennessee manufacturing facility for assembly of the all-electric LEAF vehicle, and to construct an efficient and environmentally friendly paint plant. Nissan also used the loan to develop an electric power train manufacturing line for the LEAF vehicle within its engine manufacturing facility in Decherd, Tennessee.
The Nissan LEAF vehicle has a zero-emission, all-electric powertrain, which improves fuel economy over internal combustion engine vehicles. Nissan’s new paint plant will improve energy efficiency by 30% compared to the paint plant it is replacing. Nissan’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant was designed to have the capacity to produce 200,000 battery packs and up to 150,000 Leafs annually.
Nissan’s ATVM-supported projects will create just over 1,300 jobs and conserve up to 9 million gallons of gasoline per year.
Nissan is helping lay the groundwork to develop a U.S. infrastructure that will support electric vehicles. The company has formed partnerships with states, counties, municipalities, and electric utilities to prepare markets for the introduction of electric vehicles; including the installation of charging stations.