Nissan revises electric-vehicle plan
Automotive news reports on Nissan's reduced costs for its Tennessee electric vehicle plant.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Nissan North America has cut the amount it intends to invest in a new U.S. electric-vehicle assembly line and battery plant by about $200 million and in turn reduced the amount of a federal loan it will tap.
Nissan originally estimated the cost of the Smyrna, Tenn., project at $2 billion and had applied for $1.6 billion in low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Energy to pay for 80 percent of the project.
The scope of the project hasn't changed: produce 200,000 lithium ion batteries and 150,000 complete electric vehicles a year. But the DOE loan now is $1.44 billion, which still represents 80 percent of the revised price tag of about $1.8 billion.
(Source: Automotive News)