Automobile manufacturer Nissan has announced that its production facility in Decherd, Tennessee will begin to make the electric motor components of the all-electric Leaf starting in 2013.
Upgrades to the plant were supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Energy through a guaranteed loan program, and according to Nissan the new Leaf assembly line will create at least 90 new jobs for the region.
The state of Tennessee has been getting a lot of incentives for electric vehicles recently, even getting support from Republican Senator Lamar Alexander. The state is also one of the select areas that will rollout public charging stations under the $230 million program called The EV Project.
We recently reported that Tennessee’s desires to attract more green investment seems to have had a positive effect on the state’s economic development. Nissan’s new electric car assembly line will certainly add to that growth, as the automaker expects 150,000 motors each year will be made at the upgraded plant.