A senior product planning official has revealed that Nissan will unveil an electric vehicle this year that will be launched in the U.S. in 2010.
"We've all been talking quietly about it, and everyone's been experimenting with it, but you can expect several significant technology and product announcements between now and the end of the year," the unnamed Nissan source told Motor Trend.
The source says the plug-in electric vehicle will have an 80 kW electric motor powered by lithium-ion battery packs stored in the floor. It will be front-wheel drive and have a unique body style. The model won't be based on any current Nissan vehicles. Beyond that, the details of the EV are unknown.
At the 2008 Los Angeles auto show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that the automaker plans to lease the lithium-ion batteries for its electric vehicles so that it can ensure they are recycled after use.
Although Nissan is in the middle of a "green revolution" - it recently announced that its Infiniti brand would be composed entirely of hybrids within the next ten years, and unveiled plans to bring a diesel-electric hybrid to the luxury brand - Motor Trend's source says the company doesn't expect that the masses are really ready for electric vehicles.
"EV's aren't for everyone, but for those whose household's can accommodate a third vehicle, or have fixed commutes of moderate distance, they will be a great and environmentally friendly transportation solution."
Source: Motor Trend