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Nissan's EV-02: The First Mass-Market Electric Car?
Nissan’s prototype EV-02 may lack the streamlined curves and svelte sex appeal of today’s electric super sportscars, however Nissan is hoping the technology behind this vehicle will power the first mass marketed EV! The milestone electric vehicle is set to make a splash when it hits the states in 2010 with a 100 mile range and a price point of $20,000-$30,000.
Compared to the heavy hitters of the auto world, Nissan is a relatively small company. What it lacks in size though, it more than makes up with their commitment to producing affordable electric vehicles. The EV-02 is at the moment a rather spartan, souped-up cube city car, but it holds Nissan’s hope that they can break into the soon-to-be lucrative electric market.
The Ev-02 is expected to come to American shores sometime in 2010. It features an SAE standard charging system, that takes power from a 220-volt outlet, and takes around 4 hours to charge. The EV-02 is expected to run for around 100 miles before needing a full charge. It is not a speedy vehicle, but according to all accounts, it works like a charm.
Nissan expects it to cost roughly around $20,000 to $30,000. As it is an electric vehicle, it will probably be eligible for a number of rebates so you can expect to pay a bit less than that.
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