Tennessee City Expands Its Alternative Fuel Fleet to Include Leaf EVs


The police department in Kingsport, Tenn., has added a new vehicle to its public-safety fleet: an all-electric Nissan Leaf that is being used as the daily vehicle for the department's code-enforcement officer.

This Leaf and two others – one in the city's water department and another in the fleet motor pool – join an existing complement of 30 hybrid-electric vehicles that are already in use in the municipal fleet. Kingsport also operates 40 vehicles that run on propane autogas.

The Nissan Leaf has an range of over 125 miles between charges, and Kingsport officials say the vehicle can be recharged for ‘pennies a day.’ The city further notes that this Leaf is the first all-electric, fully marked police vehicle to be put into service in the U.S.

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