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USA; Boomers embrace green-car technology

Special to the News Sentinel Lee Erwin shows how he charges his 2011 Nissan Leaf at his West Knoxville home.

Morna Erwin considers herself an “eco nerd.” That’s why the retired attorney was happy to buy one of the first Nissan Leafs in Knoxville last year to support the fledgling electric car industry.

Her husband, Lee, had a different approach.

“I will adopt green technology if it makes economic sense,” the administrative law judge said.

Their 2011 Leaf has worked on both fronts.

The industry is growing, with hundreds of new jobs being added in Tennessee as production of the vehicles is set to begin at Nissan’s Smyrna plant by mid-December.


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