Charging the cars of the future

As they continue to work toward a late-2010 launch of an electricity-powered vehicle, Nissan engineers are getting to grips with the finer points of the system.
The box is expected to cost about $500, says Lance Atkins, senior project engineer-Nissan Technical Center North America in Sacramento. “How can you make it really simple, a 1-stop shop? One way would be to work with electric companies, have them install (the home-charger) for you (and) roll it into the price of the vehicle,” Dominique says. “(But) maybe you want to pay for it separately. Do you really want to finance your charger for three years?”
SEE ALSO: The auto maker has teamed up with a North Carolina utility and nonprofit to develop charging infrastructure around Raleigh.
May 1, 2009 11:42 AM

Chin up

An East Nashville man is looking at the light side of the downturn with, a Web site hawking various novelty items.
Apr 30, 2009 11:55 PM

America Service looks beyond the cell block

The Brentwood-based company, which rang up $500 million in prison health care revenue last year, is mulling the expansion of its telemedicine services into other 'underserved' (think rural) markets. The company's shares (Ticker: ASGR) are up almost 150 percent in the past year. Word of the initiative first came out on Monday, when telecom equipment provider Polycom said America Service's Clinical e-Health Solutions unit bought some more of its stuff.
Apr 29, 2009 9:52 AM

Nissan's electric car tour goes to Seattle

After signing deals in Tennessee, Arizona and California, the auto maker will look to develop an electric-car charging network in the Jet City.
Apr 28, 2009 9:58 PM

A virtual trade mission to India

The Nashville Chamber, Tech Council and Health Care Council will next month host a day-long series of sessions exploring trade opportunities with India.
Apr 28, 2009 1:53 PM

Comdata promotes Daly to EVP

Previously the senior VP in charge of merchant solutions, Joe Daly will now also head up the payment processor's health care and prepaid groups. He's been with the Brentwood-based company since 2004.
Apr 27, 2009 10:33 PM

Apple in talks to produce Verizon iPhone

From USA Today:
It would mark the first time Apple has produced a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, which is different from AT&T's GSM technology. Vodafone, co-owner of Verizon Wireless, already sells the iPhone in Europe. The New York-based telecom entered into "high-level" discussions with Apple management a few months ago, when CEO Steve Jobs was overseeing day-to-day business, these sources say. They declined to be named because they aren't authorized to speak publicly.
Apr 27, 2009 12:28 PM

NASA grant for Vanderbilt

The nation's space agency is cutting a check for almost $200,000 worth of research into "model-based software health management."
Apr 23, 2009 3:25 PM

Nissan hooks up with Oak Ridge

[caption id="attachment_7135" align="alignleft" width="405" caption="Something like this, perhaps. (Photo from"][/caption] The two big names will collaborate on the development of the charging network that will accompany the car maker's rollout next year of an electric car capable of going 100 miles per charge.
Apr 23, 2009 12:39 AM

Local execs look to light smokeless cigs

Venture Nashville reports on Smokefree Innotec's efforts to develop a 'cigarette-like electronic device.'
Schroepfer said that while some competitors "e-cigarettes" have been banned, at least temporarily, in Canada and other nations, and marketing for smoking cessation is forbidden by some nations, he said SFI sees no such impediments ahead for its technology.
Apr 21, 2009 11:56 PM