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Nissan Leaf helping Kingsport Police Department go green

March 29th, 2014 7:34 pm by Nick Shepherd

Nissan Leaf helping Kingsport Police Department go green

An all-electric Nissan Leaf has been in service with the KPD for almost a month. It is being used by KPD Code Enforcement Officer Melanie Adkins. Contributed photo.

KINGSPORT — A unique choice of vehicle is helping the Kingsport Police Department go green, and its use is the first by any police department in the United States.

An all-electric, zero-emissions Nissan Leaf has been in service with the KPD for almost a month. It is being used by KPD Code Enforcement Officer Melanie Adkins for her daily duties. The car was purchased in part by funds from a State of Tennessee Emissions Reduction grant.

The Nissan Leaf has an advertised range of over 125 miles between charges, according to a KPD press release. The car is black and white and fully marked as a police vehicle. The release stated the Leaf can be charged for pennies a day.

Because the electric vehicle is not pursuit rated, it was not practical for the department to put it in the patrol division.

The vehicle is one of three Nissan Leafs being used by the city of Kingsport. One Leaf is used by the water department while the other is in a pool that can be used by any city employee who needs to use a vehicle for official business.

The purchase of the all-electric car by the department is part of Kingsport's "Going Green Initiative," the press release said. Kingsport currently has more than 30 hybrid vehicles being used by city employees. Kingsport also has 40 propane fueled vehicles in service, the largest such fleet in Tennessee.

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