January 11, 2010 -
Nissan brought its new electric car, The Nissan LEAF, to Knoxville on Friday as part of its 22-city Nissan Leaf Zero Emission Tour.
On Friday, January 15, at World’s Fair Park there was a press event from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and the car will is on public display from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Mayor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Valley Authority President and CEO Tom Kilgore, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason and Tracy Woodard, director of government affairs for Nissan, were among the speakers.
As part of The EV Project, Knoxville is one of the initial test markets (the others are in Oregon, Washington, Arizona and California) where the Nissan LEAF will be sold beginning in December of 2010. Tennessee will also be home to part of the network of recharging stations that are being established for the new car.
The EV Project is a partnership between eTec - which received a near $100 million Department of Energy grant to support the effort - and Nissan to deploy up to 4,700 zero-emission vehicles and 11,000 charging systems in the test markets. The 36-month-long project will collect and analyze data on the vehicles and charging systems for use in developing a workable infrastructure for millions of electric vehicles.
A prototype of the Nissan LEAF will be on display at Friday’s event. There will also be a Nissan Versa equipped with The LEAF’s electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack available for drives with members of the media and others.