Maryville Daily Times: Alexander drives all-electric Leaf car

Posted on September 17, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., test-drove the Leaf — Nissan’s first all-electric, zero-emissions car, which will be produced in Smyrna — as part of Nissan USA’s promotional campaign Thursday on Capitol Hill.“The Nissan Leaf is easy to drive, it’s a lot cheaper to drive — and it will be made in Tennessee. If enough Americans bought electric cars and trucks, that would be the single best way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said Alexander, a Blount County native.Alexander said he plans to purchase a Leaf, and for the past two years has driven a Toyota Prius that he converted into a plug-in electric vehicle, which he charged at home by plugging it in at night.Alexander is the lead Republican cosponsor of S. 3495, the “Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010,” which aims to speed up the introduction of electric cars and trucks throughout the country in an effort to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil and help clean the air.