• Mar 10th 2008 at 12:32PM
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Click above to high-res gallery of the Nissan Cube

All-electric vehicles are on their way, and Nissan plans to be a player with an all-electric vehicle on the market in Japan and the U.S. by 2010 for fleet customers and 2012 for everyone else. While the automaker has been testing a system that uses a lithium-ion battery pack in its boxy Cube runabout (above), it's not known if the Cube will get the electric drivetrain when it goes on sale in the U.S. Regardless, Nissan plans to preview its electric intentions in two weeks at the 2008 New York Auto Show with an all-electric concept car. Details are scarce, but it's said to have a range of 100 miles and a top speed of 75 mph. While it's true that most people drive less than 100 miles per day, a top speed of just 75 mph seems especially limiting. Apparently passing on the freeway is not an option on this car. We'll be on hand in New York to catch this EV concept's debut, so stay tuned.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally, a reason to buy a box car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks almost EXACTLY like the scion and honda element cars...WTF IS IT WITH DRIVING A BOX AROUND?!?!?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hell, all the people complaining about top speed should know that a number of trucking companies are limiting their vehicles' top speed. Con-way had a press release today saying that their trucks will be limited to 62 mph...
      • 7 Years Ago
      What happens when the batteries stop holding a charge 2-3 years down the road like my iPod or laptop? Then the range will drop to the length of your driveway (if you're lucky).

      Also, all electric vehicles are far from green, most of the electricity in the US is generated by burning coal so if a lot of these cars get sold and are sucking on the power grid (which will be subject to frequent brownouts, but that's another story) expect coal mining and burning to go up. So though you might feel that you're helping the environment, good luck believing that when you have to wear a respirator to go outside.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look, we made the Scion even fuglier! But its not as ugly as a Prius and runs on batteries. Pass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't see this reducing our oil dependency, or even having much of a market. The 75mph top speed means this is mostly a city car (considering in some places in the U.S. the speed limit is 80, this should've been made the limit, if not a little over) , but most people living in the city won't want to pay to own two cars.

      I'm willing to make a sacrifice, but first and foremost I need a car that meets my needs. Give it to me reasonably priced with a 250 mile range (remember, it's going to DEGRADE over time) and a top speed around 90mph, we'll talk.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude...just because people are driving 80mph does not mean that is the speed limit. A quick check in wikipedia shows that the only 80mph zones are out in the middle of nowhere Texas. You say that you are willing to make a sacrifice but then you say that this car is not good enough. Just what sacrifice are you willing to make? Is the ability to go 90mph really so important?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be beneficial for an all electric car to be somewhat aerodynamic?

      I'm sure that would extend the range a few miles and probably help increase the speed a bit.

      Then again, I'm no engineer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They better cover that flat box roof with some dang solar panels too!!! Sorry but I'm enroute to being an industrial designer and this stuff drives me nuts sometime.
      • 7 Years Ago
      p.s. Think the gov.t will be bummed when people cant speed on the interstate? All that revenue gone what a shame
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you have to go faster than 75 mph to pass someone, then passing them is not necessary.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "a top speed of just 75 mph seems especially limiting"

        Yeah, and so is $6 a gallon.

        Some are already talking about $200 for a barrel of oil. Double the price of today's oil...oh wait, it's at $107. Great.
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