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Why Quinn (Still) Loves Electric Cars

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    Governor says electric vehicles will help ease the state's dependence on petroleum and create jobs

    Illinois roads could soon be populated by the Nissan Leaf, billed as the first and only all-electric, zero-emission vehicle for the mass market.

    Gov. Pat Quinn and representatives from Nissan will announce Thursday the car will be available for purchase throughout the state.

    Deliveries begin as early as this fall.

    This isn't Quinn's first foray into electric ideas.

    While the governor visited Israel in July, one of his first stops was at car company Better Place to view new battery technology for electric cars. While there, he assessed whether Illinois could benefit from manufacturing that kind of car or be able to use the company's new technology.

    Quinn also said last month he wants Illinois to be "the electric vehicle capital of the United States." The  governor signed two bills to prove it, both to increase the use of electric vehicles around the state.

    He said electric vehicles will help ease the state's dependence on petroleum and create jobs.