Nissan brings back electric cars
by Alan Harten
April 29, 2009
Nissan is the first of several companies which hope to make owning an electric car a more viable option.
The electric car was first introduced approximately a decade ago, but due to limited mileage and a high cost the cars never caught on.
Nissan expects to release its new model in 2010, with a plan to market it as a second car for families that run multiple short errands throughout the day.
When fully charged overnight the Nissan electric car should be able to run for about 100 miles without needing additional charging.
Nissan expects to sell the model at a more reasonable price tag of approximately between $20k to $30k in the US, due to more efficient batteries then the previous technology.
Reportedly, the car will accommodate five people and can be charged to about 80% of its full capacity in just twenty six minutes, making it useful for running children to school, the supermarket, or even to work depending on your commute distance.
Additionally, unlike older test models, the new Nissan model will come fully loaded as its conventional counterparts would, without sacrificing the running distance estimates.
Also expected to release electric cars in 2010 are Subaru, Chrysler, Ford, and Mitsubishi.
Toyota and GM are also taking a step towards electric cars by introducing petrol and plug-in hybrids in 2010.
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