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PHOTOS: Nissan Unveils 2010 Electric Car, Aims for Family Sedan Pricing

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Here it is, folks: the all-electric car Nissan (s NSANY) plans to start selling next year, shown for the first time at an event this evening in Yokohama, Japan (and simultaneously unveiled on the automaker’s web site). Called the Nissan LEAF, it’s a five-seat hatchback set to roll out in the U.S., Japan and Europe in 2010 at a price that the company says is “comparable” to a mid-size family sedan, and with a range of more than 100 miles. What do you think?


More Earth2Tech coverage of Nissan’s electric vehicle plans and potential hurdles:
Nissan Unveils Tools for a Truly Networked Electric Car: IT System, iPhone App
Electric Car Infrastructure Trials: Some Progress, Long Road Ahead
Wireless Charging: Making the Leap from Gadgets to Cars
Renault-Nissan Eyes Fleet Market for Electric Cars, Strikes Two New Deals
Tesla Wins $465M in DOE Loans; Nissan Gets $1.6B for Electric Cars

20 Responses to “PHOTOS: Nissan Unveils 2010 Electric Car, Aims for Family Sedan Pricing”

  1. The average Los Angeles commute is 30 minutes. Practically everyone drives in this area. Although the range on electric vehicles is generally a large drawback this car would work for the average commuter. It reality though those that own this car will need an additional car for long trips. It would only work for families with more than one car.

  2. Steve Penney

    I think it is awesome that there is an ongoing innovation to somehow improve the vehcle to be more eco friendly and not relying on oil. People in general do not realize that the earth oil is not infinite and gas price in the future could very well go $7, $10, $12, $15, to $20 per gallon. And there will be a drastic changes in our lifestyle. It will be the end of the vehicle the way we know it from past. People ought the read the newly published book titled, “$20 per Gallon for Gas”. I think that was the title. I read it recently and it is a real wake up call reading it. I am currently driving a 2001 Honda Civic, 5 speed and getting no less than 36 MPG and my wife drive our 1992 Cadillac Eldorado, 22-23.5 MPG. We love our car, however, I am very much open to the new innovation. Anything better than what I have previously spent $500 per month on gas when gas was not too long ago was above $4 per gallon for gas. People here in USA in general has a love affair with car and lack the forsight of what the future may bring us unlike the people in Europe who pay triple than what we pay here for gas. Let us all embrace innovation. Thank you.

    Steven Penney

  3. No..what’s the use if u can only get 100 miles off it. What if you must take an emergency trip in it, or what if battery is low and a storm knocks out electricity..then you have no a smart car.(Love nissan but I don’t want an electric car(not practical at all)

    • Earl,

      We all share the same concern but w/ demand will come the supply. Infrastructure will come such as charging stations (w/ internal storage even in outage). Check out better place’s swapping station concept. A family could have a “regular” car for long trips or emergency and a commute e-car. Employers will also adopt w/ charging stations at work to extend ranges. How often do you ahve such “emergency trips” longer than 100-daily commute distance? How do rest of the world survive with public transportation? they can’t have emergencies?

      W/ all that said, battery startups do need to kick it to another gear to extend the range and bring down the cost. But it needs to start somewhere.


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    • I think that you missed the idea; the electric car is not for every use. It is the right car for most driving needs of the American driver. If the price is right, I will be first in line to get one. I drive less than 20 miles most days to work and 50 miles on most weekend days. This is not a long range trip car, but for most drivers, 100 miles a day, day in and day out, it will be great. G.M. really screwed up by killing the EV1. they could have owned this market by now, and trust me there is a market. I can’t wait to go electric. Also, I can’t remember the last time we lost power for for over 8 hours in Los Angeles, plus I will still have a second car that will run on gas, if you are really worried about power regular outtages in you area, get a gas generator for emergencies.

    • The American car manufacturers have such a limited perspective. They are so far behind the rest of the world on the needs for better more fuel efficient cars. We, the buying public, need to fall out of love with our desire to have gas gussling, 500 HP cars or the biggest SUV on the road to carry one person around. We need to stop fighting wars in the middle-east because we are are addicted to their oil. World peace is something that we can pursue by getting away from our thirst for oil. We need to think options that are beyond “Drill, Baby Drill” to quote our worst, most short-sightest president.

  4. Cripes, Josie. I like the car well enough that we might consider it as replacement for my wife’s ancient Volvo commuter-wagen which still gets 24mpg.

    But, that Nissan website? Looks like it was designed by a SoCal script kiddy who just discovered Flash.

  5. waltinseattle

    Looks tight for five.
    Gotta be better built than the east European stuff we’ve seen. How it will do if the Tata ever comes online is a guess. America is ready for an electric that doesn’t come at a “premium” price for the goods delivered.

  6. i have an opinion about this. I think people will agree to change to electronic car which more environmental-friendly if the car have speed not too slower than the ordinary car


  7. With the range still being near 100miles it will have appeal just to local commuters who only need to charge at home and drive only a few miles/week (like myself…) The significant gain of all electrics into the market still will require work on battery systems.
    This is a nice looking car and has promise depending on pricing.