Jorge Chapa

Nissan's EV-02: The First Mass-Market Electric Car?

by , 05/19/09

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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.

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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.

+ Nissan

Via Popular Mechanics

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10 Comments

  1. jimbo May 22, 2009 at 11:58 am

    What ever happened to the “aerodynamic = efficent idea” …square is THE WORST you can do for a shape
    of a car that you want to be energy saving.Hey, what ever happened to good design, you forgot the tail fins !

  2. davidwayneosedach May 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    The “Volkswagon” of the electric car? Great! We need mass produced – reliable and affordable.

  3. yjs May 21, 2009 at 3:59 am

    It’s actually an EV version of the Nissan Cube; an awesome car in my opinion.

  4. Jonk May 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Fascinating post! That’s why I subscribed… I love this blog!

    I hope Nissan succeed in this area because they are putting one of the biggest, most genuine efforts of all the companies to make viable electric cars.

  5. lennyesq May 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    The design is obviously derived form the iconic Scion Xb (2006 and earlier). It is a class of vehicle known as an “urban utility vehicle” or “UUV” as opposed to the SUV.

    The ease of entry, roomy interior, fold-down seats and extra cargo space, make the Scion Xb a very useful vehicle, which I find fun to drive,

    Now that Scion has changed the basic design of the Xb to more mainstream tastes, I would look forward to the EV-02.

  6. thebossofyou May 20, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Not sure the design of the car really fits the market most likely to buy it, but it’ll be exciting to see how this one turns out.
    -Christine
    http://persnickit.com

  7. UnhappyWithIt May 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Why? Why do most upcomming EV\’s or even smaller \”fuel efficient\” vehicles look like a squared up turd? Am I the only one thinking that only by combining good aerodynamic design plus new battery/motor/charging technology we can create tomorrows vehicles? This thing must have a drag coefficient close to .9, and that flat back end probably lends itself to some aerodynamic suction. We need to break the molds of what is expected out of a car, and the shapes that dictated yesterdays design.

  8. mokki May 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Portugal is one of the first world markets (and the first European) where will be introduced the models of Renault-Nissan electric cars, with release scheduled for the beginning of 2011. Portugal will have 320 charging stations for electric cars in 2010.That number will reach 1300 at the end of 2011. French carmaker Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan have been working on the development of a battery powered car with a 160 Km range.
    http://mokkikunta.blogspot.com/2008/11/renault-nissan-electric-cars-arrive-at.html

  9. CK May 19, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I love it that they’re reusing the name of the 1990 GM electric car!

  10. Jackie Jones May 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Looks too much like a shoe box to me!

    RT

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