FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen and officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority are scheduled to test-drive a Nissan zero-emission electric vehicle from Japan.
The governor is expected to make brief remarks Wednesday morning on Tennessee's commitment to supporting the deployment of electric vehicles in the coming years at Nissan's North American headquarters in Franklin, a Nashville suburb.
Nissan, the third-largest Japanese automaker, has said it plans to introduce plug-in electric vehicles in the U.S. in 2010 and mass market them globally two years later.
Nearly 25 years ago, Nissan became the first foreign automaker to build cars in the South by opening an assembly plant in Smyrna. Since then Nissan has added an engine plant in Decherd and another assembly plant in Canton, Miss.