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Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — Cars are going electric and Nissan Motor Co. is leading the way. At least that’s what the Japanese company was saying last spring at a media presentation in Bear Mountain, New York.
Nissan’s plan for a mass-market electric vehicle was surprisingly ambitious, and to prove it wasn’t all talk I was allowed to drive a test car with the electric power train around the parking lot.
The five-door hatchback now has a name, the Leaf, and an on-sale date of December 2010 in select parts of the U.S. The price will likely be around $30,000, with buyers also getting a $7,500 Federal tax rebate for electric vehicles.
Between that discount and savings on electricity versus gasoline, the company claims cost of ownership could be a third less than a comparable, well-equipped car.
“People who thought we were 5 to 10 years from seeing electric vehicles are suddenly realizing we’re only 12 to 14 months away,” said Mark Perry, Nissan’s director of product planning. “Better get ready.” Continue reading…