Monday, April 27, 2009

The Return of the Electric Car!

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 6:42 AM

The electric car, which was effectively killed earlier this decade, is making a comeback. According to the Chron, Nissan says it plans to release its mass-market electric car by late 2010. Unlike last time, the electric cars won't be lease-only; you can actually buy one. New, more efficient batteries will allow Nissan to sell its model for between $20,000 and $30,000. The new electric vehicles will have a range of up to 100 miles and can be recharged at night. They'll be perfect for a short-commute car or for driving around town. Other auto makers also developing electric cars for 2010 include Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Tesla. In addition, GM plans to release its Chevy Volt next year, a plug-in hybrid. Plug-ins get 100 miles per gallon or more, have the range of a traditional gasoline-powered car, run on electricity for around-town driving, and then turn into traditional hybrids on the freeway. Toyota also plans to introduce a plug-in Prius soon.

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