The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March may force Nissan to delay start of US production of its Leaf EV which had been scheduled to begin at the end of next year.

Nissan is preparing its assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, to assemble the Leaf at a rate of 150,000 vehicles a year. The plant will also make lithium-ion batteries for the car.

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US: Earthquake forces Nissan Leaf rethink