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FILE-This Aug. 18, 2011 file photo shows a Nissan Leaf charges at an electric vehicle charging station in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo) FILE-This Aug. 18, 2011 file photo shows a Nissan Leaf charges at an electric vehicle charging station in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nissan plant in Tennessee that makes the all-electric Leaf stands to benefit from an announcement last week that eight states will work together to dramatically increase the number of zero-emission cars on the nation's roads. But Tennessee isn't among the states signing the agreement, and leaders say they have no plans to do so.

Meanwhile, a state program offering a $2,500 incentive for electric vehicles purchases expired in January and Republican Governor Bill Haslam's administration has made no moves to revive it.

Nissan makes the Leaf and its lithium-ion batteries at its sprawling plant in Smyrna, a Nashville suburb. The Japanese automaker sold more than 16,000 Leafs through the first nine months of the year -- three times as many as through the same year-ago period.

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