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Plug-in electric cars in Chattanooga by December

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press/WRCB) - Chattanooga and Tennessee may be on the front edge of the plug-in electric car movement, but are we ready?

In October and November, 1,535 stations will be scattered across the state and extreme Northwest Georgia at rest areas, welcome centers, malls and big-box stores. Another 1,000 charging stations will be put in the homes of early-bird buyers of the all-electric Nissan Leaf, who are to get their cars in December.

The message, according to Dave Crockett, director of Chattanooga's Office of Sustainability and one of those new Leaf buyers, is that a new transportation and energy model is upon us.

The Nissan LEAF will come with a price tag around $30,000 and will go approximately 100 miles on a single charge. An owner can fully charge the vehicle with an at-home charging station in 8 hours or at a high speed public charging station in about 30 minutes.

The first electric vehicles could be on Chattanooga highways as early as December.

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