Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant
983 Nissan Drive
Smyrna , TN 37167
Nissan was the first auto manufacturer to locate in the southeastern region of the United States with the Smyrna, Tennessee plant in 1980. The Smyrna plant started with production of the Datsun truck in 1982. Multiple expansions over the last 30 years have increased the floor space to over 7 million square feet and a production capacity of over 500,000 vehicles per year. A new Paint Plant was built in 2012, which reduced energy consumption per vehicle by 30%. With two assembly lines, the plant currently manufactures Nissan's Altima, LEAF (EV) and Maxima passenger cars and Rogue, Pathfinder, and the Infiniti QX60 SUV’s.
Nissan became an ENERGY STAR Partner in 2006. Within the same year, the Smyrna plant focused on energy efficiency by establishing cross-functional energy management teams. These teams started looking into ways Nissan could help reduce energy consumption with a concentration on energy waste reduction and elimination. A priority was to configure sub-metering to allow measurement and management of the various utility commodities. The next step was to investigate usage between shifts and on weekends when the plant was not running. This non-manufacturing usage was reduced by almost 50% by turning off plant equipment and lighting when it was not needed. Some other energy saving initiatives are plant lighting replacement, variable drives on pumps and fans, and building/space temperature management.
The Smyrna plant was first labeled in 2006. Since 2006, the Smyrna plant has reduced its overall energy use by over 40%.