Nissan Partner Gets $$$ To Build Car Charging Stations

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The president of an Arizona-based company working with Nissan and getting a nearly $100 million federal grant to supply chargers for electric vehicles said communities in Tennessee, Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon will get the equipment first.

ECOtality Inc. President and CEO Jonathan Read said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Energy selected its subsidiary, Electric Transportation Engineering Corp., to get a grant. He said the company will receive about $99 million.

Read said the company has a deal with Nissan to provide private and public charging stations as 5,000 Nissan plug-in electric vehicles hit the markets in the fall of 2010.

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