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Mike Stevens | Jul 24, 2012

Some good news for local automotive manufacturing: Nissan has shipped the first batch of its Australian-made Leaf electric vehicle components to Japan this week.

Manufactured at the Nissan Casting Australia Plant in Dandenong, Victoria, the components include the inverter case, inverter water jacket and water jacket cover for the Leaf and related EVs.

The news follows an announcement in 2011 that Nissan Australia would produce international components for the Leaf, along with accessories for the brand's Australian-delivered 4WDs and passenger cars.

“Everyone at Nissan Australia is excited that we are playing such a tangible role in the production of zero emission electric vehicles,” Nissan Australia boss Bill Peffer said.

“To see ‘Job Number One’ for the electric vehicle parts production finished and exported is a landmark moment for the Nissan Casting Plant."

Peffer added that the new electric vehicle components are part of more than two million components and accessories produced at the Dandenong plant annually.

The Leaf EV components use new casting technologies developed in Victoria by the CSIRO and CAST CRC.

The plant's global manufacturing arrangement with Nissan headquarters in Japan is expected to produce around $160 million in export revenue.

The agreement was secured with support from the Federal Green Car Innovation Fund, along with funding from the Victorian Government's Business Assistance Grant.

Nissan itself plans to invest a total of $21 million in the manufacturing of electric vehicle components at Dandenong.

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