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New Nissan LEAF displayed downtown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jobs could soon be coming to Rutherford County as Nissan prepares to enter into the electric car business.

In downtown Nashville Monday night, as the Predators hosted the Maple Leafs, it was Nissan's new electric, no emission vehicle, the LEAF, drawing the attention.

"We think this will be your primary commuting car," Tracy Woodward with Nissan North America, said of the LEAF.  "You never have to go to the gasoline station again and when you compare the cost of electricity verses the cost of gas, you're obviously going to be saving a lot of money as well."

After an eight hour overnight plug in, the LEAF has enough to charge to travel 100 miles.

People who spoke with News 2 simply see the car as the future.

"We all drive gas guzzlers and we have to cut that back, especially in a city this size, you see thousands and thousands of cars," said Ed Finch.

Kathy Nipper added, "It's the direction we have to go, we don't really have a choice, so it's good to see the actually product."

The LEAF impressed many during a 22-city tour and will begin rolling off the assembly line in Smyrna in 2012.

The price hasn't been set yet but preliminary estimates have it around $40,000.

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