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Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:09 am
by Ready2plugin
Here is a "review" from Sen. Lamar Alexander (who is a Republican by the way). According to all the FUD, I thought the only ones behind EV's are liberal, socialists, left wing nuts :lol: ! It does help that he is from Tennessee where Nissan will be putting a lot of people to work.

Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan LEAF
2010-09-17 12:35:41.348 GMT


Says LEAF Is "Easy, Cheaper to Drive - And It Will Be Made in
Tennessee"

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) News Release

September 16, 2010 (Federal Information & News Dispatch) --
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today test-
drove the LEAF - Nissan's first all-electric, zero-emissions
car, which will be produced in Smyrna, Tennessee - as part of
Nissan USA's promotional campaign on Capitol Hill.
Alexander said, "The Nissan LEAF is easy to drive, it's a
lot cheaper to drive - and it will be made in Tennessee. If
enough Americans bought electric cars and trucks, that would be
the single best way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
Senator Alexander plans to purchase a LEAF, and for the
past two years has driven a Toyota Prius that he converted into
a plug-in electric vehicle, which he charged at home by
plugging it in at night.
Alexander is the lead Republican cosponsor of S. 3495, the
"Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010," which aims to speed
up the introduction of electric cars and trucks throughout the
country in an effort to reduce our dependence on foreign
sources of oil and help clean the air. Of the bill, Alexander
said, "Republicans and Democrats agree that electrifying our
cars and trucks is the single best way to reduce our dependence
on foreign oil. Our goal should be to electrify half our cars
and trucks within 20 years, which could reduce our dependence
on oil by about a third, from about 20 million to about 13
million barrels a day. According to a Brookings Institution
study, we could do this without building one new power plant,
if we plugged our cars in at night when the country has huge
amounts of unused electricity."
The legislation passed the Senate Committee on Energy and
Natural Resources on July 22 by a bipartisan vote of 19-4; it
now awaits action by the full Senate.

Re: Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:13 am
by mwalsh
Ready2plugin wrote:It does help that he is from Tennessee where Nissan will be putting a lot of people to work.
Something tells me that if Nissan wasn't in Tenn. He would be less keen.

Re: Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:52 pm
by LEAFfan
mwalsh wrote:
Ready2plugin wrote:It does help that he is from Tennessee where Nissan will be putting a lot of people to work. /quote]

Something tells me that if Nissan wasn't in Tenn. He would be less keen.
I agree. It's very rare to find a Republican supporting EVs and electrification.

Re: Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:40 pm
by abasile
I am a Republican with a LEAF reservation. A number of our friends, who are also Republicans, are sick and tired of having to import oil from unfriendly nations. We need to continue to emphasize the role of EVs in achieving energy independence! On the other hand, emphasizing their role in mitigating global warming can be a nonstarter with many (but not all) Republicans. I personally am environmentally conscious. But many people I know are not.

Re: Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:56 pm
by LEAFfan
abasile wrote:I am a Republican with a LEAF reservation. A number of our friends, who are also Republicans, are sick and tired of having to import oil from unfriendly nations. We need to continue to emphasize the role of EVs in achieving energy independence! On the other hand, emphasizing their role in mitigating global warming can be a nonstarter with many (but not all) Republicans. I personally am environmentally conscious. But many people I know are not.
Yeah, I should have made that statement clearer and added 'politician'. ;)

Re: Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:39 pm
by evnow
abasile wrote:I am a Republican with a LEAF reservation. A number of our friends, who are also Republicans, are sick and tired of having to import oil from unfriendly nations. We need to continue to emphasize the role of EVs in achieving energy independence! On the other hand, emphasizing their role in mitigating global warming can be a nonstarter with many (but not all) Republicans. I personally am environmentally conscious. But many people I know are not.
Here is my theory of why conservatives don't seem to be onboard EVs - inspite of their aversion for "foreign oil".

The rank & file are actually convinced that US has plenty of oil which can be pumped out for centuries to come. The only reason we are now importing oil is because librals don't let honest oil companies drill in Alaskan wildlife refuge or off the coast of San Francisco.

Or may be they don't like EVs because librals like them ?

Re: Alexander Test-Drives All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Nissan

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:14 am
by Jimmydreams
I Nissan should have a 2 pronged advertising campaign....one with polar bears that hug people, and another one where they highlight the reduced dependance on foreign oil. I think you'd get most Americans to agree with at least one of those two ideas.