While traditional cars have been manufactured for over a hundred years, electric vehicles present a different set of challenges. Hit the jump and watch these videos of the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt being built if you don’t believe me.
As we all already know, the Nissan Leaf lacks many of the components that make a car, a car. There is no engine per se, but an electric motor. There is no fuel tank either. But there are a lot of wires, computers and a huge battery that takes up a big chunk of the car. Interestingly enough, the Leaf is made on the same assembly line as the Versa, the gas-powered equivalent to the Leaf which shares the same chassis.
While the Nissan Leaf video is about 5 minutes long and heavy on the computers and whatnot, the Chevy Volt video jumps right into manufacturing. Here you will see sparks fly, There is no narration either, just pure manufacturing bliss. Like the Leaf, the Volt shares an assembly line with other models, in this case the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne.
Both videos and cars are distinctly different, and yet GM and Nissan are almost paralleling each other’s marketing. Which video kept your guys attention longer?
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