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Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Delay 2011 Leaf Production (UPDATED)

 
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Nissan has announced that as a consequence of Friday's devastating 9.0 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan production at all of its factories will remain halted until it has fully assessed the damage sustained to its factories, equipment and parts suppliers.  

Although Nissan's factories  have been spared the brunt of the damage which Japanese Prime minister Naoto Kan called the biggest crisis since World War II, Nissan has said six of its plants suffered some damage to buildings and equipment and is currently assessing if its own supply chains are intact. 

Without a working parts supply chain, Nissan's factories will struggle to produce cars at its facilities, including the 2011 Nissan Leaf.

In addition to damage sustained at production facilities, Nissan has also sustained major damage at its facilities on the Pacific coast. An estimated  2,300 vehicles were damaged as the tsunami rushed inland, including 1,300 U.S. bound vehicles. There are no confirmations as to how many Leafs were destroyed.

Nissan is not alone: both Honda and Toyota have also suspended operations temporarily, while the damage to both humans and facilities are inspected.  

Buyers of U.S.-built Japanese cars should not notice an immediate impact, but are warned that if supply chains in Japan are severely affected there may be a knock-on impact in the months to come. Customers waiting for a 2011 Nissan Leaf will feel an immediate effect however, as the all-electric hatchback is currently only made at Nissan's Oppama factory. Until U.S. domestic production commences in 2012, expect deliveries from Japan to be heavily delayed until Nissan's factories are back to full production.

But in the wake of one of history's most devastating earthquakes, the production of cars really isn't the most important thing. Restoring power, sanitation and shelter to the thousands of citizens without homes is, along with limiting the damage to residents near the damaged Nuclear power facilities at Fukushima

Our sympathies and thoughts go out to the citizens of Japan. If you would like to donate to the aid effort, please consider donating to the relief funds over at the Red Cross Appeal page

[The Detroit News (subscription required]

 



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Comments (6)
  1. There is a whole EV news industry. This industry has gained readership, and credibility thanks to Nissan introducing the only real, and affordable EV last year. Sadly, I'd guess it will be six months to a year before any more leave Japan. We will all have to go back to talking about vapor until then. :-(
     
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  2. Would have thought that the (UK) ones which were supposed to be delivered in the next few weeks would have been on a ship already, if not in UK ports already. Though for me hoping for 1 in quarter 3 this year - not looking likely... :-( Though I wish this was the only problem to come from the earthquake/ tsunami....
     
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  3. I got an update the day after the quake showing a 4/19 delivery. With a Vin# of 870. If it has a vin must be built already. Was surprised to get the news with all that is going on over there. Even with all the devastation, they are still working hard to deliver. My condolences goes out to those that lost family and friends.
     
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  4. I got an update the day after the quake showing a 4/19 delivery. With a Vin# of 870. If it has a vin must be built already. Was surprised to get the news with all that is going on over there. Even with all the devastation, they are still working hard to deliver. My condolences goes out to those that lost family and friends.
     
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  5. I have not been a fan of Japanese cars in general and the Leaf in particular, but even my heart goes out to the poor suffering people of Japan in this hour of trial.
    Having survived the largely self inflicted horrors of WWII, I do not doubt for a minute that they will survive this and prosper again quite soon. Even so, it is terrifying and heart wrenching to watch.
    Every good wish for your recovery.
     
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  6. Our hearts are with all those suffering from this earthquake. They have come back from many hardships in the past and will soon.
    The US is very lucky that they are already working on the Smyrna TENN. factory so many Americans can have a clean choice. Our GRID has lots of excess energy at night that now gets wasted. GOGS speed.
     
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