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Nissan Hopes Free Gas Encourages People To Drive Electric

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by Adam Ghassemi 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In anticipation of National Plug In Day, one local car dealership offered free gas for customers in hopes of encouraging people to drive electric cars.

The event took place Thursday at the Exxon Tiger Market on Broadway in downtown Nashville. Nissan of Cool Springs in Franklin paid for the free gas and organizers hoped it would encourage people to make the switch to electric cars.

"We're trying to give people the idea of what it feels like to not have to pay for gas," said Lisa Farrar, a representative from Nissan.

Patrons lined the blocks surrounding the Exxon Station for several hours.

"They'll fill your car up so I can't beat that," said customer Charles Cleveland. "So this weekend I won't have to put any gas in my car."

In addition to providing the free gas, Nissan also had an attendant at each station to calculate how much customers spend on gas every year. The figures were based on the make and model of each person's vehicle.

Officials with the program said the average American could save $1,800 by not having to fill up their gas tank or change their oil.

"It enables people to talk with real owners from a grassroots perspective about what it's like to drive electric," said Farrar.

The event also showcased the Nissan LEAF, which is a completely electric car built in Smyrna.

The National Plug In Day events run Friday through Sunday at Centennial Park.

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