Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on December 25, 2008
Who killed the electric car? Well, anyone who watched Chris Paine’s documentary knows the answer to that: consumers, batteries, oil companies, car companies, the government and the California Air Resources Board. Now the new question is: Who’s bringing it back? Nissan.
The Japanese automaker has confirmed that it plans to sell electric vehicles in the US by the year 2010. According to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, “the move is largely motivated by stringent emissions legislation in California, lending an added impetus to existing research efforts into alternative energy sources”. The same technology will be used by partner Renault, whose cars will hitting the roads in Europe by 2012.
Although we know what is powering the Nissan EV, there’s only rampant speculation as to how it will look. Will it follow in the heels of the “hyper mini” Nissan Mixim concept car? Or will resemble the quirky Pivo 2 with its dual motors, lithium ion batteries and swiveling cockpit? Well, you’ll have to wait patiently for the answer to that one.