Despite building Leaf here, state officials won't back zero-emissions plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nissan plant in Tennessee that makes the all-electric Leaf stands to benefit from an announcement last week that eight states will work together to dramatically increase the number of zero-emission cars on the nation's roads. But Tennessee isn't among the states signing the agreement, and leaders say they have no plans to do so.

Meanwhile, a state program offering a $2,500 incentive for electric vehicles purchases expired in January and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has made no moves to revive it.

Nissan makes the Leaf and its lithium-ion batteries at its sprawling plant in Smyrna, a Nashville suburb. The Japanese automaker sold more than 16,000 Leafs through the first nine months of the year -- three times as many as through the same year-ago period.


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