The Japanese automaker isn’t wasting any second from presentation to production – with the second-generation Leaf already churning out the factory gates in Oppama, Japan.
Unlike the Tesla Model 3, which featured a long hiatus since presentation to the actual production start, the all-new Leaf benefits from the production implementation of its predecessor. As such, it will be manufactured on three continents – in Oppama, Japan, where production is already in full swing (first deliveries at home planned for October 2), in Smyrna, Tennessee at Nissan’s US Vehicle Assembly Plant and Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Sunderland, U.K. The latter two sites will start full production by the end of the year, with first deliveries for these crucial markets kicking off in January next year.
Now onto further speculation – we’ve first heard that Nissan is looking to establish an entire Leaf subdivision, with an all-electric SUV and sedan coming over the next couple of years. Naturally the crossover will arrive first, with rumors putting it official at the Tokyo Motor Show next month. Another new report comes now to entice those willing to board the Leaf train in the upcoming 60 kWh version – apparently Nissan’s executive vice president of global sales and marketing Daniele Schillaci hinted the longer-range version will come with “more than 225 mile range.” That’s of course on the EPA cycle, putting on a direct crash course with the 220-mile Tesla Model 3 and 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt.