I can bet there were a lot more than 25 engineers and techs involved in building the winding machine
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Oct. 25, 2012
According to Nissan, the LEAFs Motor has more than one mile of copper wiring inside and are being produced in Japan. This same motor will soon be produced in Decherd, TN., about 70 miles from the 2013 Nissan LEAFs final US construction will take place in Smyrna.
The manufacturing process begins with winding copper wire to form the motor… The winding takes place on a very complex piece of equipment with two parts traversing inside the equipment going in different directions at the same time.
It takes more time to assemble an electric motor compared to a gas engine but from the following statistic, it is far less man hour intensive. Nissan says it takes about 25 people per shift to ensure an electric motor is made properly.
In any case, I think you will find the motor build vid as cool as I did. And this is only the windings!