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U.S.-Made 2013 Nissan Leaf Has Only 15 Percent Local Content; Here's Why

U.S.-Made 2013 Nissan Leaf Has Only 15 Percent Local Content; Here's Why

Most important, the AALA percentage reflects the country of origin of the materials and parts--even if Nissan purchased them from a U.S. company. The labeling doesn't reflect any of the labor costs to assemble the Leaf; it's solely based on the value of the car's component parts. While the lithium-ion cells for the Leaf's battery are assembled in Tennessee, the critical electrode material is fabricated in Japan and shipped in huge rolls to Smyrna. Similarly, many of the car's power electronics, control systems, and other electromechanical components--essentially the rest of its powertrain--are from Japan. The 2013 label was calculated for the very earliest Smyrna-built pre-production Leafs, before Nissan had finished local sourcing for all parts. Those first Leafs used electric motors built in Japan, but production of motors for U.S. Leafs has now been transferred to Deche...

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