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WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has urged Tesla Motors to build its new 6,500-job battery factory in Southern Arizona, citing the research expertise of the University of Arizona, the area’s transportation facilities and quality of life and a workforce that is diverse and well-educated.
Jim Click has long been known as one of Tucson’s leading businessmen. It’s rare to drive through Tucson without encountering one of his numerous car dealerships, which are not only well renowned by the Better Business Bureau, but also highly spoken of by employees and car buyers as a place to work or shop.
As gas prices sustain some of the highest marks in U.S. history, the demand for alternative energy methods is increasing. The Pima Association of Governments’ Tucson Clean Cities program, in partnership with ECOtality, Inc. is working to provide a solution by continuing to install electric-vehicle Blink charging stations across the region in project “Ready America”.
Seven months ago, Jim Click handed out 40,000 raffle tickets to 210 Southern Arizona charities to sell. Each charity was allowed to keep the profit from their ticket sales, and one lucky ticket buyer was chosen on April 27 as the winner of a brand new all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Last week, the Town of Oro Valley unveiled its newly installed electric vehicle charging stations at Town Hall.
Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, right, talks with Matt Zoll, one of the first Tucson residents to own a Nissan Leaf. The vehicle is completely electric and so can drive right past gas stations.
The truly electric car is here — at least it was in Tucson for a short time, before heading up the road to Glendale.
Photo courtesy of www.NissanUSA.com, The electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF was unveiled in Tucson last week. The company plans to market the vehicle in Southern Arizona during late 2010, with charging stations to be developed and with home charging stations distributed.