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Mass., Nissan partner on Leaf charging network

Nissan announces agreement with Massachusetts to advance zero-emission mobility throughout the state by promoting the development of an electric-vehicle charging network.

The 24-city Nissan Leaf Zero-Emission Tour stopped at the Museum of Science in Boston on Tuesday to announce that Nissan and Massachusetts will develop an electric-vehicle charging network and policies to support widespread adoptions of electric cars.

The agreement includes plans to promote a charging infrastructure for electric cars so drivers could charge their cars at home, work, and other locations. Nissan also has agreed to make available a supply of electric vehicles statewide.

Nissan has spearheaded a holistic approach to zero-emission mobility by working with several states, municipalities, utility companies, including the state of Tennessee, the state of Oregon, Sonoma County, San Diego and San Francisco in California, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., Washington D.C., Seattle, with the city of Orlando and Orlando Utilities Commission, with Progress Energy in Raleigh, N.C., and with the city of Houston and Houston-based Reliant Energy. Nissan also is working with AeroVironment for the supply and installation of home charging stations, creating a one-stop shop for the Nissan Leaf and its charging equipment.

According to Nissan, its Leaf is the industry's first all-electric, zero-emission car designed for the mass market.