Since unveiling the all-electric Leaf in 2010, Franklin-based Nissan has become not just an automaker, but a fuel supplier. The company is now installing chargers at dealerships and building 600 pound batteries at its Smyrna plant. And it’s figuring out what to do with those batteries at the end of their useful life.
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Nissan is paying to install 500 more electric charging stations nationwide. The company says its targeting places where its Smyrna built all-electric Leaf is popular.
Nissan North America says its March sales were the best ever.
There are now more than 200 public charging stations for electric vehicles in Middle Tennessee. Gallatin has seven; East Nashville has a whole bevy, with 18. You’ll even find them in small towns like Portland and Springfield. But one of Nashville’s busiest commercial areas is a charging desert.
Franklin-based Nissan North America is still trying to convince consumers that electric cars can be fun to drive. One way it’s doing that is by showing off a souped up version of the all-electric Leaf.
Nissan says the first electric car batteries produced at its plant in Smyrna are ready to be charged up. The Franklin-based automaker announced the official opening of its new plant in Smyrna Wednesday with little fanfare.
The grand opening of Nissan’s new electric car battery plant in Smyrna has been cancelled. A spokesperson for the automaker says scheduling conflicts have been encountered “among key stakeholders.”
Oak Ridge National Lab has been working on getting rid of power cords for all kinds of chargeable devices. Scientists are now close to commercializing wireless chargers for electric cars.
Today marks another milestone for the electric vehicle in Tennessee. High voltage fast charging rolls into the state. Drivers of the Nissan Leaf will now have more capability to extend the vehicle’s limited 100 mile range.
Franklin-based Nissan North America sold more than 84-thousand cars in September. That’s an increase of 28 percent from a year before and the automaker’s best September in more than 25 years.
Nissan is searching for a universal greeting that can be exchanged by owners of its all-electric car that will soon be built in Smyrna. Like drivers of Jeep Wranglers or Chevy Corvettes waving at each other, Nissan wants suggestions for an official Leaf “wave.”
Businesses in Tennessee have been slower to adopt public car charging stations than first expected, in part because of uncertainty about the technology.
Franklin-based Nissan North America reported a sales increase for the month of April, up 12 percent from the same period last year.
Nashville Electric Service needs to know who might buy an electric car in the next few years as Nissan and Chevy bring plug-in vehicles to market. Charging the batteries pulls so much power from the grid that more than a couple on one street can overload an old transformer.
Hotels, restaurants and even churches are vying to host the state’s first public charging stations for electric vehicles. This week they’re signing agreements to participate in a stimulus-funded project. Hundreds of organizations are considering turning their parking lots into the gas stations of the future.
The guys who test drive cars for a living have finally spent some quality time with the Leaf. Nissan’s all-electric car should be on the road next month.