According to Automotive News, Nissan is considering a third plant in the United States to join its existing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi. Although nothing has been decided, Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta told the publication, “As we move forward, I believe we will need a new plant.”
Gupta suggested that the factory would be needed by the end of the decade and that it would probably be given the responsibility to build electric vehicles. He added, “I don’t think it would be a surprise if we announced a new plant in the United States.”
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There was no word on where a third plant might be located, but Gupta said the company would not “build it until it is converted from a discount, volume player to a quality, standard brand.” However, the plant may not focus on Nissan vehicles because the executive says Infiniti’s electrification is a “key driver in the need to expand local production in the region.”
Although a decision is probably a few years away, Nissan recently announced plans to invest $ 500 million (£ 409 / € 481) in their Canton plant to build the new Nissan and Infinity EV starting in 2025. The move was part of their ambition 2030. The plan calls for the company to offer 23 electrified models, including 15 EVs from Nissan and Infinity, by 2030. At the time, Nissan further stated that it had set a target of 40 percent of all U.S. car sales by 2030 to be fully electric, to be more electrified.