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Nissan Donates Cars to MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Officials from Nissan North America were on the Middle Tennessee State University campus Tuesday to donate two electric cars and three charging stations to the school. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />

It’s part of Nissan’s efforts to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee says that the Nissan Leaf cars will go into the university's motor pool. McPhee says the donation underscores the school’s commitment to a green campus.

“Our university has been one of the first universities in the country to take on the responsibility of being environmentally conscious, and this certainly goes along with that commitment on the part of our students, our faculty, and our staff.”

MTSU says the charging stations Nissan included in the donation will be made available to the entire campus community.

Nissan has an auto assembly plant in Smyrna that’s scheduled to begin making lithium ion batteries this fall and to begin producing the all-electric Leaf vehicle in December.