05/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nissan Brings Electric Vehicle Prototype to Tennessee for Earth Day

Nissan plans to begin selling a full-electric vehicle to fleet customers in the U.S. in 2010, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance has started pilot programs to demonstrate the technology and develop infrastructure. The company also has programs in Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama in Japan and in Israel, Denmark, Portugal, Monaco, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Ireland. 2

The Renault-Nissan Alliance today announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the nation's largest energy-research center, is partnering with Nissan in Tennessee to promote the development of zero-emission vehicles and a complementary charging infrastructure. This expands the scope of an existing partnership between Nissan and the State of Tennessee, which also includes the Tennessee Valley Authority. Today's announcement coincides with the Earth Day visit of Nissan's EV Prototype vehicle to the Nissan Americas campus in Franklin, Tenn., as part of a coast-to-coast tour. 1

According to Senior Vice President Andy Palmer, Nissan would rather stick to fully electric vehicles and is content to let other automakers battle it out on the hybrid front, at least on the smaller end of the spectrum. Nissan does offer a hybrid version of its Altima sedan, but the technology is licensed from Toyota. 3
  1. Nissan Brings Electric Vehicle Prototype to Tennessee for Earth Day (autobloggreen)
  2. Nissan Sees Extended-Range Plug-Ins, Unique Charging Systems in Future (Green Car Advisor (edmunds))
  3. REPORT: Nissan Not Planning Prius/Insight Competitor (autobloggreen)