• Apr 1st 2009 at 2:21PM
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Nissan appears to feel the electricity in the air, and has said it is open to selling its EV to retail consumers two years ahead of schedule. That doesn't mean it will go on sale everywhere -- said a Nissan rep, "if a market is ready for it, we'll go ahead earlier." When it does arrive, it will be a "uniquely designed stand-alone model" that will focus attention on the brand and its EV credentials.

This announcement follows the recent news of Renault-Nissan's alliance with San Diego Gas & Electric to build an electric vehicle charging network. At the time it was thought that Nissan's sales would be limited to fleet and commercial users until 2012, but it follows that if the infrastructure is in place and consumers are ready to buy in 2010, why should drivers charge their Volts, Karmas, and Teslas on Nissan's hard work? Call us crazy, but we have a feeling that California can get ready to start its electric engines very soon...

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring the old Cube back and ditch the current goofy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well plug me in and call me socket head. I have always wanted a car I can plug in at night and then drive the next day just like I plug in my electric shaver to re-charge and use the next day. Will the Smart Meter that our very own Prince of Darkness wants to install in all of our houses allow for the increased energy needed to re-charge one of these cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I have a feeling California will become the Electric car capital in the world..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would the EV be built on the current or late Cube?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just where is all this electricity supposed to come from? The amount of electricity required by your home is insignificant compared to that required to push a 3000 lb automobile a 100 miles. The grid, especially in California, is taxed to the limit, especially in the summer with everyone's air conditioning running. Up here in Ontario, in the summer, the stores turn off many of their lights because of the threat of rolling brown outs. With not a single electric car on the grid. You don't need a calculator to figure out what happens next.

      Once more than several thousand of these thing start draining the grid, the environmentalists will rally against them because they will say they are using too much energy, they will require nuclear power plants be built, they will require new transmission lines disturbing the spotted owl, the batteries will be deemed an environmental threat, and the list of threats from the electric car will go on and on.

      Their solution: Out: electric cars. In: Cars powered by sails.

      It's the same old dance. So why change the music.

      Of course, the hydro companies will have to jack up your electricity rates to pay for the new infrastructure, and since you are using it as fuel, they will charge you basically what it would cost you to fill up your tank with gas. Maybe more. Depending on how they feel about it. You can boycott an oil company, you can't boycott the power company.

      They will cost three times as much to make, and three times as much to charge with energy, considering the electrical production and infrastructure required to power hundreds of millions of electric cars, and in the end, the environmentalists will not be pacified as electricity will be the new boogeyman. In fact, it already is. On March 28, millions of people turned off their lights in symbolic protest of what they know not. For a full hour. Once the nation's fleet becomes electric, they will ask that you pull over to the side of the road for an hour and sit.

      That's not progress.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope it's the Cube. I'd ditch my xB if i can fit a bike in the back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's awesome!! Unless it's this ugly cube car :(
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