PHOTO CAPTION: One of many pre-production Chevy Volts used during media preview event.

Volt, LEAF Just First Wave of Electric Age

Detroit News columnist John McCormick evaluates the merits of the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF.

Published: 25-Oct-2010

These are heady times for technology-oriented car consumers. Whether today's buyer is in the market for an innovative new vehicle or interested in what's to come, there is plenty of action in store over the coming 12-18 months.

After years of talk and false starts hampered by technological problems, a new generation of electric cars will soon be in showrooms.

Much of the attention is focusing on two prime contenders, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, which go on sale shortly, but there are other electric contenders — a Ford Focus EV and a battery-powered Toyota RAV4, for example — on the way.


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