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Tennessee worried VW's Dieselgate could threaten Passat factory in Chattanooga

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On Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam urged Volkswagen to act quickly to resolve Dieselgate The fallout of the Dieselgate scandal isn't limited to Volkswagen's headquarters in Germany, it affects every locale hosting a VW factory.

Tennessee Gas Station First To Offer Rapid Electric Car Charging?

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Over the past few months we’ve seen an increase in the number of rapid charging stations getting installed in areas where the 2011 Nissan Leaf is being sold. So far, we’ve seen rapid charging stations get installed everywhere from Walgreens to Cracker Barrel and Washington state’s I-5, nicknamed the “Electric Highway&rdquo

EPA awards Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Tennessee Assembly Plant a first annual Rain Catcher Award

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Volkswagen Group of America the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant. The award was given at an award ceremony during the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Watch A 2013 Nissan Leaf Being Built In Tennessee (Video)

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In recent years we''ve brought you videos of such a process for several electric cars, and now it''s the turn of the 2013 Nissan Leaf at the company''s Smyrna, Tennessee plant. We always love seeing how electric cars are made. There''s something fascinating about watching a car go right from the metal presses to rolling out of the factory.

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VW plans to build electric cars somewhere in N America after 2020

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Manufacturing chattanooga VW mexico VW Group plug-in cars TennesseeAs it works toward moving past its diesel-emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group is making ambitious plans for electric cars. By 2025, the company hopes to be selling 1 million electric cars per year, and it has said it will launch 30 different electric models across multiple brands in the coming years. Now VW says some of those cars may be built.

2013 Nissan Leaf: Driven Through Tennessee Countryside

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After our quick drive of a 2013 Nissan Leaf before the New York Auto Show in late March, we were finally able to spend some extended time with the updated electric car outside Nashville. Our initial impressions remain the same: The Leaf is a perfectly normal, competent compact five-door hatchback that happens to run on a battery-electric

Nissan lithium-ion battery factory breaks ground

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Nissan has taken an important step towards its electric vehicle future by breaking ground on its lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Nissan Nissan batteries Nissan electric car batteries Nissan electric cars Nissan LEAF Smyrna plant Smyrna Tennessee US Department of Energy

U Tennessee opens new research facilities at Center for Renewable Carbon

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The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has opened a comprehensive research facility to accommodate faculty and industry initiatives through the new Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC). This effort involves a well-known collaboration between UT and Genera Energy, the State of Tennessee, and DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE).

EPA To Demand More Electric Cars From VW To Settle Diesel Scandal: Report

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A German newspaper has suggested that the Environmental Protection Agency wants Volkswagen to build electric cars at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The agency also wants Volkswagen to help build a nationwide network of DC fast-charging sites for plug-in electric vehicles. Those actions would be part of an overall settlement of the. EPA TDI VW plug-in cars Volkswagen diesel scandal

VW likely to build electric cars in North America by 2020: executive

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Manufacturing chattanooga VW mexico Puebla VW Group plug-in cars TennesseeAs it works to recover from the diesel-emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen's future plans include quite a number of new electric cars. The company has said it will introduce 30 electric models across multiple brands by 2025, in fact. Now it appears that some of those models will be built in North America, according to Volkswagen Group of.

50,000th Nissan Leaf electric car built in U.K. plant

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Outside Nissan's home market of Japan, Leafs are assembled in both Smyrna, Tennessee, and at Nissan's Sunderland plant in the U.K. The Nissan Leaf, by far the world's best-selling electric car, is built in three countries. The U.K. plant recently reached a significant milestone, building its 50,000th Leaf electric car since production began there. Europe sales Production UK plug-in cars assembly plants

2017 Nissan Leaf: What We Know So Far About New Electric Car

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First launched for 2011, the Leaf got some updates in the 2013 model when production for North American sales moved from Japan to Smyrna, Tennessee. The Nissan Leaf is by far the highest-volume electric car ever sold, with total sales now approaching 200,000 units. Since then, the Leaf has pretty much stayed the same--but we know an all-new model. Green Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Future Cars plug-in cars

How Are Electric-Car Batteries Made? Photos From Nissan's New Plant

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Last month, in addition to driving a 2013 Nissan Leaf through the Tennessee countryside, we visited Nissan''s newly opened lithium-ion cell Making a battery for an electric car is more like assembling microelectronics than the kind of auto-plant scenes we think of, involving huge steel stamping presses and battalions of automated welding robots.

Tennessee worried VW's Dieselgate could threaten Passat factory in Chattanooga

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On Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam urged Volkswagen to act quickly to resolve Dieselgate The fallout of the Dieselgate scandal isn't limited to Volkswagen's headquarters in Germany, it affects every locale hosting a VW factory.

2013 Nissan Leaf: Longer Range, Faster Charging, Leather Seats, And More: All The Upgrades

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The battery electric car goes into production at Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, this week. In its third year on the market, the updated 2013 Nissan Leaf will have a slightly longer range, a new and lower-priced base model, faster charging, and a more efficient cabin heater. While the 2013 Leaf is still being tested to determine its

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Green Commuter receives $750K to support electric car sharing service in Chattanooga

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Green Commuter, an LA-based startup introducing a vanpool and car share service there with a fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles ( earlier post ), has received a $750,000 grant from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) to launch an electric car sharing service in the Tennessee city. The Transportation Authority award to Green Commuter is part of a $3-million grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority to build solar-assisted car charging stations in Chattanooga.

Electric car charging comes to Tennessee

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The state may be famous for Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton, but it’s the arrival of a new fast charger for electric cars that will be music to the ears of Tennessee natives. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Cracker Barrel ECOtality electric car charging electric car charging network Lebanon TennesseeECOtality has teamed up with the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store to unveil the Blink Direct Current Fast Charger at the Lebanon [.].

U.S.-Made 2013 Nissan Leaf Has Only 15 Percent Local Content; Here's Why

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The 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, for North American sales. In fact, Nissan got a low-interest loan for $1.6 billion from the U.S. Department of Energy to make that possible. So why does every 2013 Leaf carry a window sticker saying that its U.S. and Canadian content is just 15 percent--while 80 percent of its

Alcoa breaks ground on $275M Tennessee expansion to meet automotive demand for aluminum

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Alcoa broke ground on a $275-million expansion of its Tennessee Operations to meet growing aluminum demand for auto production. The Tennessee expansion is the second major automotive expansion by Alcoa in North America to meet car makers’ demand; a $300-million expansion of Alcoa’s Davenport, Iowa plant has already begun commissioning and is set to be completed by the end of 2013.

ECOtality installs first DC fast charger in Tennessee

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ECOtality and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unveiled the first Blink Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger in Tennessee at the Lebanon Cracker Barrel location. The Tennessee Triangle,” a 425-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, is the preferred location for Cracker Barrel’s 12 DC Fast Chargers, which are suited for high-traffic commercial locations and major transportation corridors.

Genera Energy Breaks Ground on Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation Park

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Genera Energy, a for-profit company wholly owned by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, broke ground on Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation Park, a campus that integrates and optimizes the entire biomass supply chain. Genera Energy was formed to implement the University of Tennessee’s Biofuels Initiative, a $70.5-million state investment in developing a cellulosic biofuels industry in Tennessee, with a farm field to future fuels approach.

Walgreens Promises To Install 800 EV Chargers At Its Stores

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Cracker Barrel did it at all its Tennessee stores, and Best Buy is doing it at stores all around the country. Now pharmaceuticals giant Walgreens is getting in on the action as well. If you hadn’t guessed, we’re talking about installing electric car charging stations, a trend that's getting more common among big businesses across the

$2,500 Tax Rebate For Electric Vehicles In Tennessee

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Joining the rebates already available in states like California, Georgia and Oregon, Tennessee has now announced it will offer a $2,500 tax rebate to the first 1,000 EV buyers in the state. The annoucement will be great news for residents with deposits down for the 2011 Nissan Leaf, Tennessee being one of the first states in which Nissan's

2014 Nissan Leaf Electric Car: 84-Mile Range, RearView Monitor Standard

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The 2014 Nissan Leaf is now rolling off the assembly lines in Tennessee, and the first examples should arrive at dealerships this week or next. Now, after a long wait, we have information on the updates to the electric car for the new model year. Rated range rises to 84 miles Most importantly to new buyers, the range of the 2014 Leaf is now listed

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Cracker Barrel Installing EV Charge Points At Tennessee Stores

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Cracker Barrel, not exactly the bastion of green technology, has launched a pilot program that will see a number of EV charge points installed at 24 of the restaurant chain’s outlets across the state of Tennessee. The company that prides itself on old-style country stores is taking a very modern approach to the issue of climate change and

Nissan Releases 'Day In The Life' Video Of Electric-Car Quick Charger

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The charger in question is located in Franklin, Tennessee--not far from where the plug-in Leaf electric car is built. Do electric car quick chargers dream of lithium-ion sheep?

Convert Your Car To A Plug-in Hybrid? All You Need Is $3,000

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Electric car conversions have been around for many years, and many people have converted their regular hybrids to plug-ins too, but a team at Middle Tennessee State University has developed an Not everyone can afford a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric car, but those who still wish to drive such a vehicle can still take the conversion route.

Nissan Builds First Lithium-Ion Cells For 2013 Leaf Electric Car

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Nissan said today it has opened a plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, to fabricate lithium-ion cells for electric-car batteries. Just two years after the first Nissan Leaf was sold in the U.S., The first cells built at the plant have completed the necessary aging process, and can now be charged for the first time. Those cells will go into electric cars

New SAE International symposium on range extenders for electric vehicles

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SAE International will hold a new two-day symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee on 2-3 November 2016 on range extenders for electric vehicles (REX). Organized by Robert Wagner and Scott Curran of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Hugh Blaxill of Mahle Powertrain, “Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles” will include sessions on policy and regulation driving the design and implementation of prime movers for REX applications; unique and advanced prime movers (e.g.,

IACMI launches project to optimize resins and sizings for vinyl ester / carbon fiber composites; targeting automotive adoption

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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a Manufacturing USA institute driven by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the US Department of Energy, in partnership with Ashland, Zoltek, Michelman, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), JobsOhio, and Michigan State University (MSU) has launched a project focused on the optimization of vinyl ester resins and fiber sizings for the fabrication of carbon fiber composites.

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ClearFuels to Develop Co-Located Commercial-Scale Biorefinery for Renewable Jet or Diesel Production in Tennessee

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The renewable energy facility will be co-located with Hughes Hardwood’s wood component products manufacturing facility in Collinwood, Tennessee. Biomass-to-liquids company ClearFuels Technology Inc. and Hughes Hardwood International, Inc. have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the development of a commercial scale biorefinery facility for the production of renewable jet or diesel fuel.

Cracker Barrel to install 24 Ecotality EV charging systems in select Tennessee locations; Level 2 and Fast Charge

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at select locations in “The Tennessee Triangle,” the 425-mile stretch of interstate highway that connects Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The original Cracker Barrel locations sold gasoline because founder Danny Evins was an oil “jobber” who wanted to sell more gasoline as well as to offer the food and hospitality he grew up on in rural Tennessee.

Eaton Advances Integrated Solar-Assisted Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Collaboration with Tennessee Valley Authority and EPRI

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Eaton Corporation is collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on a prototype integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station to be erected at EPRI’s research laboratory in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee Valley Authority Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal (SMART) Station Project: Volume 1 - Base Design Report.

DuPont Tate Lyle Bio Products Expanding Bio-PDO Production in Tennessee

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DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC, a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle, recently announced an expansion to their Loudon, Tenn., facility to increase production of bio-based 1,3 propanediol (Bio-PDO) by 35%. Construction is scheduled to start in June, and the expansion is expected to be complete by second quarter 2011. Formed in 2004, DuPont Tate & Lyle produces Bio-PDO from corn instead of petroleum-based feedstock using a proprietary fermentation process. Earlier post.)

2013 Nissan Leaf Prices To Start At $28,800 For Electric Car

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We know the specifications and details of the 2013 Nissan Leaf, which has now gone into in Smyrna, Tennessee. But the missing piece of information has always been: What will the battery electric car cost now that it's built in North America? During an electric vehicle roundtable today at the Detroit Auto Show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn provided the

More Sites Install Solar Carports For Electric-Car Charging

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But it's not fiction; a handful of large, multi-space solar carports are popping up in areas as diverse as Silicon Valley, New York City, Detroit, and Tennessee. It's the green ideal: Charging an electric car or plug-in hybrid using electricity generated purely from the sun. The latest one, unveiled last week, sits outside the headquarters of GE

Nissan Leaf Goes Underground In The Name Of Bluegrass Music

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For PBS, the underground caves of Cumberland Caverns, Tennessee form the perfect acoustic music venue for the latest season of its Bluegrass Underground show. Unless you’re the kind of person who likes spelunking, the chances are you don’t spend much time in caves. But how do you get musicians, instruments and television equipment some

2013 Nissan Leaf: What Would You Change?

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The Nissan Leaf may have gone on sale in December 2010, but later this year, production of Nissan’s all-electric hatchback will start for the first time in Smyrna, Tennessee. We’ve been looking forward to the 2013 Nissan Leaf for some time, with hints from Nissan that domestically-produced Leafs will be better suited to U.S. consumers

Nissan Breaks Ground on Li-ion Manufacturing Facility for LEAF Packs in Tennessee; Capacity for 200,000 Packs per Year

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Nissan broke ground on the manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., that will produce the lithium-ion batteries that power the Nissan LEAF zero-emission vehicle. The all-electric Nissan LEAF will be produced at Nissan’s vehicle assembly facility in Smyrna beginning in 2012. The battery plant, one of the largest vehicle battery manufacturing plants in North America at 1.3 million square feet at full capacity, will be capable of producing 200,000 advanced-technology batteries annually.

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL gas mileage review

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On the side of a barn not too far from its Franklin, Tennessee, headquarters, the automaker painted "38 mpg"—referring not to its combined EPA rating, but its highway number. Nissan made big waves a few years ago when it introduced its then-new 2013 Altima. And then it took a bunch of pictures of the 2013 Altima in front of the barn. Fuel Economy Test drive