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USA: Electric vehicles selling well in TN

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sits in the one of the two Nissan Leaf vehicles that Nissan donated to the university, as Kevin Martin from Nissan talks about the features of the car. / HELEN COMER / Gannett Tennessee

Tennesseans rank among the nation’s top buyers of electric cars, according to an analysis from auto researcher Edmunds.com­.

The analysis found that 2.9 percent of all new electric vehicles sold in the U.S. this year were registered in Tennessee, the ninth-highest rate in the nation. Tennessee ranks 19th in overall registrations.

Overall, there are 23,052 hybrid vehicles and 778 electric vehicles registered in the state.

The state’s rate of electric car registrations is mostly driven by sales of the Nissan Leaf, which the company will begin producing at its Smyrna plant by mid-December.

Ninety-three percent of all electric vehicles sold in Tennessee in 2012 have been Leafs — the first all-electric vehicle released by a major automaker in the United States.
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