Nissan have announced that the Nissan Leaf will be manufactured in Sunderland. The Nissan Leaf is the first in a range of forthcoming Nissan electric vehicles (EVs) it is the world’s first affordable, mass produced zero emission car and embodies Nissan’s vision for an environmentally sustainable future for road transport. Production of Nissan Leaf will begin in Oppama, Japan later this year followed by Smyrna, Tennessee, USA in 2012. Sunderland will come on-line in early 2013 with an initial annual production capacity of about 50,000 units
The Nissan Leaf is a medium sized hatchback that can comfortably seat five adults and has a range of 100 miles. Nissan Leaf’s frontal styling is characterized by a sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting light-emitting diode (LED) headlights that employ a blue internal reflective design. The headlights are also designed to cleverly split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thus reducing wind noise and drag. The headlights provide yet one more benefit in that they consume about 50 percent of the electricity of conventional lamps, which helps Nissan Leaf to achieve its world-class range autonomy.