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We always love seeing how electric cars are made. There's something fascinating about watching a car go right from the metal presses to rolling out of the factory.
In recent years we've brought you videos of such a process for several electric cars, and now it's the turn of the 2013 Nissan Leaf at the company's Smyrna, Tennessee plant.
That's where the latest generation of Leaf is built, with a similar plant in England now handling European Leafs.
Removing the need to ship Leafs half way across the world already makes the car a more attractive green proposition for some, but there are other benefits too.
Among them is lower pricing due to lower shipping costs and less risk of currency fluctuations, and domestic jobs benefit too. Then there's the improvements in supply that come with having a car built on your doorstep.
This latest video is a time-lapse recorded by The Tennessean, showing almost the entire production process.
You'll note that the Leaf is built on the same line as other Nissans, including the Altima. The company has faced unique challenges in building a car with a completely different drivetrain on the same line as conventional cars, but it's far more cost-effective than granting the Leaf a separate line.
Ultimately, that's better for Nissan and it's better for Leaf buyers--and it's good for us, as we get to watch great factory videos...