Nissan today held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on a manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., that will produce lithium ion batteries for the all-electric Nissan Leaf. The Leaf itself will also be produced in Smyrna, where the Nissan Altima hybrid and other conventional vehicles are currently assembled.
In a follow-up roundtable press conference with Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, journalists learned about the new production facility, which will be capable of producing 150,000 units of the Leaf beginning in late 2012. HybridCars.com was on hand to get details about Leaf and Nissan�"s production plans. Stay tuned for a full report.
In the meantime, here�"s what Mr. Ghosn had to say in response to our question about Nissan�"s high-level vision for electric cars.
HybridCars.com: What was your ah hah moment about electric cars? Please take us through your personal thought process that convinced you to move forward.
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