By 2012, the mass production of the Nissan electric vehicle will begin. That is, if everything falls into place. Nissan Motor Co. showed to the world their most critical investment, the zero-emission electric car.
Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, said that Nissan will be the leader in zero-emission vehicles. Compared to its bigger competitors such as Honda, Toyota and General Motors, Nissan seems to be the most committed to the development and production of electric cars.
The Nissan electric vehicle makes use of a lithium-ion battery pack that is located beneath the floor of the vehicle. The location of the battery will provide more space for the cabin and luggage.
Mark Perry, Nissan’s director of product planning, gave some small hints about the Nissan electric vehicle although he made sure that whole production model remains a mystery. He said that the EV will most likely be a 5-door hatchback. He assured the public that the Nissan EV will look like a real car. Not a Cube city car stuffed with a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor, similar to the EV prototype. Perry also said that the electric car will be built for the consumers. This means, the Nissan electric car will most likely be an ordinary car, minus the emission.
One of the nice features of the Nissan electric vehicle is the navigation map screen that is located on the car’s dashboard. This will provide a driving radius based on the remaining charge of the car. This will prevent drivers from being stranded on the road because the Nissan EV will be capable of calculating the distance it will cover, given its current charge.
Nissan is also coordinating with utility companies and local/national governments within the United States, Japan and several countries in Europe for the development of public charging facilities to provide electric car owners with charging stations on the road.
The big question is how much will the Nissan electric car cost? Nissan has yet to unveil the electric car price but they are aiming for it to be as affordable as possible.