If you were reading my blog during National Transportation Week last month, you know it was a busy week for the Department of Transportation and for me. In Tennessee, Nevada, and California, I saw innovative projects that will make Americans safer, create good jobs for U.S. workers, and help people get where they need to go without suffering at the gas pump.
In Smyrna, Tennessee, I toured the construction site for Nissan's $1.7 billion electric vehicle battery plant, made possible, in part, by a loan from the US Department of Energy. Nissan is building the new plant right next to an existing plant that is being converted to produce as many as 150,000 new Leaf electric vehicles a year. Together, we expect the two facilities to create 1,300 new jobs.