Nissan to Launch an Electric Car

The head of Nissan has announced that the company will be launching an electric car into the US market place by 2010.

Nissan and Renault will work together on the required technology and by 2012 will have the vehicle available outside of the United States. Nissan will focus on marketing the vehicle in Asia … especially China … while Renault will sell the vehicle into the European market.

Nissan to Launch an Electric Car

5 thoughts on “Nissan to Launch an Electric Car

  1. This is excellent news. As a keen follower of progress in the EV field, I knew that Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and to a lesser extent some other mainstream carmakers, were working towards launching electric cars between 2009-2012, and that in the commercial vehicles field Smith EV ( http://www.smithelectricvehicles ) already had hundreds of all-electric trucks out there on highways – and are ramping up production to 10,000 a year by 2010. But this latest headline confirms that the race is on. The Subaru R1e was my previous best guess as to which fully functional highway-capable electric car would enter the showrooms first, and it might still do so – but I would not bet against Nissan/Renault beating allcomers, and in the process kickstarting the EV revolution.

  2. Apologies for the incomplete url in that last post. It should have a .com at the end. Smith EV incidentally have been making electric vehicles since 1920, and have quietly shipped about 70 thousand of them (!) worldwide. These are commercial and industrial vehicles, so haven’t grabbed the attention of those eagerly awaiting electric cars – but it does kinda help confirm that EVs are a well established concept rather than some new fad.

    The infernal combustion engine has had a good run over the past hundred years and has served us well, but the time has surely come for it to give way to something far simpler and cleaner.

  3. I couldn’t agree more Craig – I’d also like to see an electric commercial vehicle too. There’s a ute called the Phoenix being produced by a small company in the United States that looks promising but I doubt that it will ever make an appearance out here.

  4. I am looking forward to being able to buy a really green car like the all electric Nissan. I need a car that can go a couple of hundred kilometres without a recharge and the Nissen looks promising. Bring it on you guys, there are a lot of buyers waiting to purchase. I live in Australia, any chance of bringing it here before 2012?

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