Quinn vetoes power grid bill, praises electric cars

August 26, 2011

AP Staff

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn praised Nissan for beginning to sell its all-electric car in Illinois and at the same time again vowed to veto a power grid bill.

The bill would let electric companies raise their rates to help pay for modernizing the state's power grid.

Quinn said Thursday that vetoing the bill won't impact the rollout of more electric cars. He has criticized it for raising rates. He says the measure needs improvement, something that can be worked out after he vetoes what lawmakers passed.

Quinn made his comments at a news conference to announce Nissan would begin delivering its new car, called the Leaf, to people from Illinois who ordered them by the fall. The car already has been released in some American and global markets.