Nissan Motor Co. said that it has formed a partnership with the State of Tennessee to promote electric vehicles. It will launch in the U.S. in 2010. Included in the five year deal, Nissan plans to promote electric vehicles as the centerpiece of its focus on zero-emission vehicles. Nissan said that Tennessee plans to support the infrastructure for electric vehicles, including charging stations along the state’s expressways. Nissan and the state are getting set to conduct surveys to start commercial use of the infrastructure in 2011.
GM’s executive director oh hybrid powertrain engineering, Larrry Nitz released a statement saying that they are currently testing eleven Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid vehicles at the GM Proving Grounds. The Vue plug-in is due out in late 2010, around the same time as the Chevrolet Volt will be arriving in showrooms. When testing initially started nickel-metal hydride batteries were used, but now they are currently using lithium-ion batteries. At this stage the plug-in charge is fully operational and undergoing refinement. The Vue plug-in may not be ready for production but GM continues to make progress.