Kingsport Police – Our Nissan LEAF Costs Us Just Pennies Per Day


The Kingsport Tennessee Police Department (KPD) is believed to be the first of any police department in the United States to use the 100% electric Nissan LEAF

The vehicle was purchased in part by funds from Tennessee’s Emissions Reduction grant and has been with the KPD for roughly a month.

The vehicle is fully marked as a police vehicle and is driven by KPD Code Enforcement Officer Melanie Adkins.

According to the KPD press release, the vehicle has a range of 125 miles per charge (perhaps when used by the squad in low-speed driving typical of code-enforcement duties) and costs only pennies a day to charge (again, according to the police department).

The Nissan LEAF is not up to spec for pursuits, which is why KPD does not utilize it for that purpose.

But for Officer Adkins’ daily duties, the EV meets her needs.

Currently, there are 3 Nissan LEAFs being used by the city of Kingsport.  One each for the police department, water department and in a pool for that can be used by any employee for official business.

Kingsport’s “Going Green Initiative” currently has over 30 hybrid vehicles and 40 propane fueled vehicles being used by city employees.  The purchases of the Nissan LEAFs add to the benefit of going green and reducing operating costs.

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8 Comments on "Kingsport Police – Our Nissan LEAF Costs Us Just Pennies Per Day"

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if that thing was trying to pull me over i’d just keep driving lol

He’s got more range than your Smart ED.


They would just radio i.. And then send you to jail when they catch you.

And how would you outrun Motorola?

Supporting the automaker in nearby Smyrna, TN.

As a Leaf driver, I can say there is no way that car has a range of 125 miles.

And if they keep it through the winter, they’ll see the range drop by half.

However, this car could be fine for daily patrolling.

It probably can do 125 if you drive around at 35 mph all day (which is perhaps what the PoLeaf cruiser is used for). I know my Focus Electric could do 100+ at such slows speeds. At normal speeds, it has about the same range as a Leaf.