Despite the fact that they'll destroy the Earth, I like cars. Whether muscle cars or economy cars, I especially like the ones that delight with surprising designs or clever engineering (two qualities Detroit products have mostly lacked in recent, uh, decades). And it looks like I will have the opportunity to guiltlessly appreciate a new vehicle on Knoxville's streets, as we've been designated a test market for the Nissan Leaf.
This globular little buggy will be the first all-electric (as in, no gas motor) car to hit the mass-market, with a 100-mile range and (yep) zero emissions. Tennessee will apparently be establishing some 2,500 charging stations to accommodate the car. And in December of 2010, local customers should be able to park one in their driveway. (Go to Autoblog.com for some early driving impressions.)
Before that, though, you can check one out at the World's Fair Park on Friday, Jan. 15, as part of the Nissan Leaf Zero Emission Tour. A city press release with details on the jump...
Nissan will bring its new electric car, The Nissan LEAF, to Knoxville next week as part of its 22-city Nissan Leaf Zero Emission Tour.
Where/When: 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, January 15, at World's Fair Park. There will be a press event from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and the car will be on public display from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Who: Bill Lyons, the city's senior director of Policy & Communications and Tracy Wodard, director of government affairs for Nissan will be among the speakers.
Knoxville is one of the first test markets where the Nissan LEAF will initially be sold in the United States beginning in December of 2010. Tennessee will also be home to part of the network of about 2,500 charging stations that are being established for the new car.
A prototype of the Nissan LEAF will be on display at Friday's event. There will also be a Nissan Versa with The LEAF's electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack available for drives with members of the media.