Could Tennessee top Michigan in U.S. electric-car production (if not California)?

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Tesla builds its three different electric models in Fremont, California; the new 2018 Nissan Leaf has just gone into production in Smyrna, Tennessee; and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is built at the Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. Michigan chattanooga California Fremont assembly plug-in cars Tennessee Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plants SmyrnaToday, battery-electric cars are built in volume at only three locations across the entire United States.

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.

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2018 Nissan Leaf electric car now rolling off lines in Tennessee

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That availability came in an announcement that the second-generation electric car officially went into production the same day at Nissan's sprawling assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. plug-in cars Tennessee Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plants SmyrnaThe 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car will start to appear at Nissan dealers in January, the company said Monday.

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.

Nissan gets approval to expand Tennessee battery plant

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Nissan has received local government approval to add more than 26,000 square feet of floor space to the Smyrna, Tennessee, plant where it produces batteries used in the Leaf electric car. Smryna's Planning Commission on Wednesday voted 4-0 in favor of Nissan's intention to enlarge the 475,000 square-foot plant, which is operated by Nissan. Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Tennessee DEC announces Sustainable Transportation Awards and Forum

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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the launch of the TDEC Sustainable Transportation Awards initiative to recognize outstanding and voluntary achievements by governments, businesses, industries, public and private institutions of higher learning, and utilities that demonstrate leadership in advancing sustainable transportation in the State.

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.

Tennessee's Electric Car Rebate Fund Still Healthy

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If you live in Tennessee and you're holding out for more electric cars to hit the market, then you could be in luck. So far, only buyers of the Nissan Leaf have been benefitting from the $2,500 electric car rebate, with no other electric vehicles to choose from. The Tennessean reveals that, of the original $2.5 million fund, there's still $1.93.

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).

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.

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

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

Production of 2018 Nissan LEAF now underway in Smyrna

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Production for the 2018 Nissan LEAF EV is officially underway at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Nissan LEAF will be available at dealerships nationwide in the US starting next month.

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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.

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.

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 [.].

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.

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.

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

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

$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

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

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?

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

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.,

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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.

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.

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.)

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

USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

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To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee’s Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis’ research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the US Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis’ technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum.

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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.

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