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Nissan Leaf helping Kingsport Police Department go green | Kingsport Times-News

An all-electric Nissan Leaf has been in service with the KPD for almost a month. It is being used by KPD Code Enforcement Officer Melanie Adkins. Contributed photo.

KINGSPORT — A unique choice of vehicle is helping the Kingsport Police Department go green, and its use is the first by any police department in the United States.

An all-electric, zero-emissions Nissan Leaf has been in service with the KPD for almost a month. It is being used by KPD Code Enforcement Officer Melanie Adkins for her daily duties. The car was purchased in part by funds from a State of Tennessee Emissions Reduction grant.

The Nissan Leaf has an advertised range of over 125 miles between charges, according to a KPD press release. The car is black and white and fully marked as a police vehicle. The release stated the Leaf can be charged for pennies a day.

Because the electric vehicle is not pursuit rated, it was not practical for the department to put it in the patrol division.

Read more: Nissan Leaf helping Kingsport Police Department go green | Kingsport Times-News http://www.timesnews.net/article/9075077/nissan-leaf-helping-kingsport-police-department-go-green#ixzz2xQA8Jtfb
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