AutoCar is reporting that Nissan will publicly unveil its new electric car on August 2 in Japan. The debut is planned to coincide with the opening of the automaker's new global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The actual production version of the car is expected to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Production of the five-passenger hatchback will launch in 2010 at the company's Oppama plant in Japan with initial volumes of about 50,000 units.
The first cars will go into test fleets in various countries around the world with production gradually ramping up through 2011 and into 2012. By late 2012, Nissan expects to add production of up to 150,000 units per year in the U.S. thanks to the DOE loan that was announced on Tuesday morning.