Nissan's Middle Tennessee powertrain plant will add a second shift of about 25 employees in January to assemble motors for the Leaf electric car.
Nissan has begun the process of hiring workers for the new shift, said Rick Youngblood, director of engine assembly and powertrain manufacturing at Nissan North America's powertrain plant in Decherd.
Nissan is preparing to launch a new longer-range version of the Leaf electric car.
Nissan employs about 1,600 workers at the Decherd plant, which primarily assembles gasoline engines and casts cylinder blocks and forges crankshafts.
Decherd's first shift includes 25 workers assembling motors for the Leaf. The electric car is assembled on the Altima sedan line at Nissan's Smyrna assembly line.
The newly revised Leaf will have a range on batteries of more than 200 miles, a distance that automotive analysts say will position the vehicle to compete with the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3, which can travel more than 200 miles between charges. The present model of the Leaf can travel about 107 miles between charges.
This year through June, Nissan has sold 7,248 Leafs, up 25 percent from the 5,793 recorded through the first half of 2016, reports market reseacher Motor Intelligence of Mahwah, N.J.