PHOTO CAPTION: Nissan LEAF receiving final assembly plant inspection.

Are Electric Cars Finally Ready to Breakout?

All three of Japan's major automobile manufactures are rolling out electric car models over the next two years.

Published: 06-Dec-2010

The nascent electric vehicle market marked an important step forward when Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will roll out its Leaf car Dec. 20, but zero-emission cars have to overcome many hurdles before they become widespread.

"We believe this will be the beginning of the new era for the world's automobile industry, as well as a sustainable low-carbon society," Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said.

See Nissan video documenting the manufacture and assembly of the LEAF electric car

Shiga emphasized that the Leaf has gotten off to a good start, with 6,000 already on order — Nissan's initial sales target for the 2010 business year.


Nissan LEAF can be charged at 110, 220 and 380V.

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Nissan will build 50,000 LEAF electric cars the first full year of production.

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Nissan LEAF goes on sale in five states starting in December 2010.

Benefits of early ownership include Tax credits, rebate checks, personalized home visits, and government giveaways.


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