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2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to a recent study released by McKinsey & Company, an international consultancy firm, the U.S. is at the top of a list as the country most likely to lead in the emergence of electric vehicles (EVs). The study looked at nine variables that may influence each country's likelihood of adopting EVs as a means for mass transportation, including production costs, electricity rates, government incentives and consumer interest.

With numerous countries aggressively seeking ways to promote electric vehicles (EVs), incentives have popped up almost everywhere. From the $7,500 offered in the U.S. to $8,500 in Ontario, Canada, these incentives will help reduce the cost of EVs and hopefully speed up their initial adoption. While incentives are great, they will eventually disappear, leaving EVs to either succeed or fail on their own merits. When incentives drift away in a few years, will the EV market be able to survive on its

A new study from Deloitte Consulting predicts that market acceptance of electric vehicles (EVs) will be much more limited than projections from companies like Nissan and Tesla Motors. Nissan and alliance partner Renault are betting big that electric cars will be huge and for Tesla that is the only option.

Nissan EV-02 prototype - click above for a high res gallery

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