The Nissan Leaf will be produced in Brazil starting in the year 2017, in a first stage under the format CKD. Its complete nationalization will take place from the year 2020.
Nissan plans start producing the Leaf in Brazil, beginning in the year 2017, according to the information published this week by the newspaper Estadão in section Jornal do Car.
The idea had started back in the year 2013, when the japanese brand had signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Rio de Janeiro, although the final push for its implementation in production came with the recent approval of a law that declared exempt from the IPI (tax on the industrial product) to the electric cars manufactured in Brazil, as well as the exemption of import duties on parts and components that are not locally produced.
The Leaf will begin to be produced in Brazil by reduction of taxes proposed by the state.
Nissan believes that these new rules of the game are favorable for the manufacture of the Leaf locally, which will take place at its plant in Resende, initially under the format completely knocked down (CKD), that is to say that it will be imported in pieces to be assembly in brazilian territory. However Nissan plans to nationalize it completely by the year 2020.
The manufacture of the Nissan Leaf in Brazil will undoubtedly be the starting point for its expansion in South america, especially taking into account that the Leaf is the only car 100% electric that is already approved in Argentina.
The Nissan Leaf came on the market in the year 2010 and is a vehicle that has been deisñado specifically as an electric car. Uses a electric motor of 80 kW, which is equivalent to 105 horsepower, which currently has a battery capacity of 30 kWh, which allows you to go up to 250 kilometres with a full load. The Leaf is the electric vehicle more sold of the history, with over 160,000 units sold world wide.