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Nissan's big electric vehicle announcement last week wasn't enough. While the news from last week was that Nissan's EV, when it arrives, would be price competitive with cars like the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, the plan was to make the first batch of vehicles available only to fleet customers in 2010, with the roll-out period for everyone else planned for 2012. The highway-speed cars will likely seat five and have a 100-mile range in a design that has not yet been revealed. Automotive News (subs req'd) has heard that retail sales of these Nissan EVs just might start earlier (perhaps next year), "if a market is ready for it." The company will be looking for cities that have charging infrastructure in place to rollout their vehicles. Nissan is also helping to build that network.
One key component of EVs in the U.S. would be building the batteries here. Nissan recently told our friend Paul Scott, from Plug In America, that they'd like an advanced battery plant in the U.S. With all the difficultuies in the marketplace, it looks like Nissan, at least, is keeping their EV plans in order.