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    Report: Nissan not shuttering Leaf EV battery plants, at least not yet
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    The big news on the electric vehicle front today is that Nissan is considering slowing down EV battery production in the US and UK and source all of Nissan's big packs come from Japan. Nissan may also buy some batteries from the Korean company LG Chem. This is apparently causing dissent within ...

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    Report: Koch Brothers are killing rapid bus transit in Tennessee
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    Last week, the Tennessee Senate voted 27-4 against the very idea of Rapid Bus Transit in the state. The vote, which is oddly specific about its target – the Amp bus rapid transit (BRT) project in Nashville – was supported by the wealthy Koch brothers, Charles and David, and their ...

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    Report: Nashville considering Monorail along I-24 to ease traffic congestion
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    Fans of The Simpsons will remember a long-ago episode (from 1993, to be exact) where an out-of-town huckster tries to sell the citizens of Springfield on the idea of forking over their money to build a monorail. And there was a bunch of singing involved. Now, Music City could start singing the ...

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    Report: Nissan ready to increase Leaf production in Tennessee
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    With demand up and supply thinning, Nissan plans to practice a bit of Economics 101 by turning the production spigot for the all-electric Leaf clockwise at its Tennessee factory. Nissan is preparing to increase US production of the Leaf after a price cut early this year substantially boosted ...

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    Report: Oh, the irony! Tesla Model S hits electric pole, causes blackout [UPDATE]
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    Talk to utility grid operators and, for the most part, they will tell you that electric vehicles pose little-to-no threat to the electric grid in the US. Except, sometimes, EVs can make the power go out. Not from the simple act of plugging in and charging, but from a more traditional danger: ...

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    Report: Nissan ready to increase US Leaf production, if the sales are there
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    Another month of robust Leaf sales could spur Nissan to boost production of its all-electric vehicle at its Tennessee factory by a third, Automotive News says, citing Nissan North American factory chief Bill Krueger. Nissan moved US Leaf production to Tennessee from Japan earlier this year and ...

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    Official: Even Nissan's paint plant in Smyrna is green
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    Nissan has already boosted its green credentials in the US by moving production of the all-electric Leaf to Smyrna, TN. The Japanese automaker is now taking that effort one step further with a new vehicle-painting facility next door. Nissan just opened a 250,000-square-foot painting facility that ...

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    Official: 2013 Nissan Leaf changes include lower-cost trim, faster charger [w/video]
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    For the new model year, Nissan is applying lessons learned from two years of selling the Leaf electric vehicle – and seeing what the competition is doing – to offer a lower-price trim line as well as faster charging and new, upper-level options. The 2013 Nissan Leaf line grows from ...

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    Nissan dealers offering up to $9,775 off new Leaf purchases
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    A good time to get a new Nissan Leaf (through select dealers) is between now and January 2, 2013. That's because there's a $9,775 cashback offer through Nissan's finance arm, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. There are few transaction details available on the dealer websites, but the offer appears to ...

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    Official: Nissan starts Leaf work in Tennessee
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    While the official start of 2013 Nissan Leaf production in the US isn't scheduled to start for a while yet, but it looks like the Smyrna, TN factory is really starting to get the process in motion now. The picture above appeared on one of Nissan's Facebook pages and the company released a video ...

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    Report: More hints about budget Nissan Leaf coming from Tennessee early next year
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    Despite current low lease rates, Nissan is ready to limbo the price of the Nissan Leaf lower, lower, lower. According to Automotive News, Nissan is preparing to build a budget version of America's most popular electric vehicle in Tennessee when the company's plant in Smyrna begins to build the ...

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    Official: Nissan donates Leaf EVs, chargers to Tennessee university
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    Nissan is donating Leafs and electric-vehicle charging stations to Middle Tennessee State University. And the good news is that the cars will be able to get to campus from the Nissan factory on a single charge, with plenty of room to spare. The Japanese automaker will give two Leafs and three ...

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    Report: Tennessee driver charged $58,000 for a tank of gas
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    Imagine if it was full serve. One Tennessee woman found a bill for more than $58,000 for a tank of gas when a Mapco station owner – who may or may not have been trying to pay off his annual rent in one fell swoop – accidentally charged her a wee bit, according to Jalopnik. The exact ...

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    Report: Nissan expects Leaf sales to double when TN plant comes online
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    The Nissan Leaf isn't exactly flying off dealer shelves these days, but the slow-selling EV could receive a sales boost when some production is moved to Tennessee. Bloomberg reports that Nissan is ambitiously expecting to double Leaf sales once the plant comes online in December. The sales boost ...

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    Report: Infiniti LE will likely be built alongside Leaf in Tennessee
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    The first all-electric Infiniti, which is supposed to hit the market in 2014, will likely be built at the same Tennessee factory as the Nissan Leaf EV, Plugin Cars reported. Two Nissan spokesmen told the Chicago Tribune that the company's factory in Smyrna, TN, was the most likely place where ...

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    Official: Nissan will make four-cylinder engines for Mercedes' 'Baby Benz' in Tennessee
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    Nissan reached an agreement to make four-cylinder engines at its Tennessee plant for Mercedes-Benz, marking a continuation of a collaboration launched in 2010 between Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan will start making four-cylinder powertrains for ...

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    2013 Nissan Leafs will roll off TN assembly line in December 2012 [w/video]
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    You can learn a lot by reading the fine print. Case in point: Even though Japan' March 11 quake disrupted construction of Nissan's Leaf production complex in Smyrna, TN, Nissan says there's no need to fret because the site's open-by-late-2012 timetable remains untouched. What's late 2012? Is it ...

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    Report: Murphy Express in Tennessee becomes first gas station to install Level 3 quick-charger
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    Stemming from an agreement signed back in September of 2010, Eaton Corporation and Murphy Oil USA have revealed what's believed to be the nation's first Level 3 quick-charge unit installed at, wait for it, a gas station. The Eaton DC Quick Charger, installed at Murphy Express Gas on Lee Highway in ...

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    Republican Senator Lamar Alexander: buying a Nissan Leaf is "patriotic"
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    Soon after taking delivery of his shiny black Nissan Leaf (as promised), Tennessee's Lamar Alexander, an outspoken Republican Senator who strongly supports plug-in vehicles, said:

    Plugging in my new Leaf will give me the patriotic pleasure of not sending money overseas to people who are ...

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    Tennessee to offer $2,500 rebate for first 1,000 electric vehicles; Sen. Lamar Alexander says he's buying a Leaf
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    Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that the state will offer a $2,500 tax rebate to buyers who snatch up the first wave of electric vehicles (EVs) headed to the Volunteer State. The rebate only extends to the first 1,000 EVs sold there and is expected to help boost Nissan Motor Co. ...

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