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Electric cars take to the streets: Nissan's Leaf to be delivered Dec. 21

Electric cars: Government testing shows the car aimed at attracting environmentally conscious motorists will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.

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Olivier Chalouhi waves from his new electric Nissan Leaf in San Mateo, Calif., on Dec. 13. He is the first customer worldwide to receive the all-electric Nissan Leaf.


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Nissan executives say delivery of the first electric Leaf in Tennessee is set Dec. 21 at a dealership in Nashville.

Government testing shows the car aimed at attracting environmentally conscious motorists will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.

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The car will be delivered to a Nashville-area customer at Action Nissan of Nashville and a reception will follow at Nissan Americas headquarters in Franklin.

Nissan and General Motors Co. are both releasing electric cars. The all-electric Leaf must be recharged when its battery is depleted. GM's Chevrolet Volt uses an electric battery for the first 25 to 50 miles and a small gasoline engine that can generate power to run the car another 300 miles.