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USA: TN’s electric car rebates go unclaimed

Less than one-fourth of a $2.5 million state fund to encourage purchases of electric cars has been claimed since the vehicles hit the market a year ago.

And so far, the $2,500 rebates have gone to only one brand: the Nissan Leaf. That was the only electric vehicle scheduled for rollout here when the program was set up in 2010, and it is the only one currently approved for a rebate.

But the field is changing.

The Chevrolet Volt came onto the local scene this past fall, and others are expected.

“We have heard consumer interest in having the Volt added,” said Paul Fassbender, Tennessee Economic and Community Development assistant commissioner for policy and federal programs. “We would be willing to consider it if they did make a request.”

Fassbender wasn’t referring to customers but rather to General Motors — or any electric car maker.


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