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Nissan, which plans to mass market electric vehicles in the U.S. in 2012, announced today a new partnership to promote electric vehicles with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the Department of Energy's largest multi-purpose research lab. It's unclear from the press release just how the lab and Nissan will promote electric vehicles. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen was at the announcement and took the opportunity to drive Nissan's prototype, which uses a lithium-ion battery pack and zero-emission electric motor. The challenges for electric vehicles include high costs and sites needed for recharging the vehicles.
"Nissan, through the Renault-Nissan Alliance, has committed to being a global leader in zero-emission vehicles," said Dominique Thormann, senior vice president, administration and finance, Nissan North America. "Nissan in Tennessee is working with partners that share in the belief that the introduction and expansion of electric vehicles is one of the best solutions to reducing CO2 emissions. It's only through collaborative efforts such as this that we can make zero-emission mobility a reality."
Last month, Nissan announced that it has partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric to develop an infrastructure that would create charging stations for electric car owners. They say their cars will have a cruising range of 100 miles, but the company would try to increase that to near 200 miles by the second generation of the battery pack.