"Nissan’s Tennessee operations are paving the way to a zero-emission future for everyone,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas. “By delivering motors for the first mass-produced electric vehicles manufactured in the United States, our Decherd plant will play a vital role in making zero-emission mobility a reality for American consumers.”
Nissan’s Decherd operations started production in 1997, and the new electric motor assembly line will be the fifth addition to the plant since 1997. The new assembly line will be installed in existing space on-site. There is an estimate of 100,000 sq-ft. of available floor space for the entire assembly line of electric motors. The assembly line will feature highly automated, state-of-the-art equipment including wire winding machines, magnetization and magnet insertion equipment, varnishing and hot press equipment and test equipment. The Decherd plant stretches over 1.2 million sq.-ft. And produces engines and component for Nissan vehicles built all around North America; the plant is also equipped with engine casting and forging operations. The annual capacity for the plant is currently 950,000 engines, 1.1 million crankshaft forgings and 192,000 cylinder-block castings.
The Smyrna manufacturing complex will produce the Nissan LEAF and the electric batteries that power it. The advanced, lithium-ion battery plant is on track to become operational at approximately the same time LEAF production starts at Smyrna. They plan to start both productions by late next year.
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