Black Bear Solar Institute’s first-ever crossing of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by a battery electric vehicle has been recorded for posterity in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution Museum of American History in Washington DC.  Photographs, video and mementos of this zero emission journey from Townsend, Tennessee to Cherokee, North Carolina are in the Smithsonian Archives and will be used in an upcoming display.



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is in the Smithsonian!

Black Bear Solar Institute in the Smithsonian

Nissan LEAFs on Display


Black Bear Solar Institute was the recipient of 13 new Production Test LEAFs from Nissan North America, including several 2013 models which were among the first produced right here in Tennessee at the Nissan factory in Smyrna.  Two of these have been placed on permanent display at the California Auto Museum and Sacramento Municipal Utility District E-House.