The gist the promise of EVs is enticing. Cheap to operate, maintain and fun to drive. Depending on your budget, you can wait in line for a Tesla Roadster, have one of your projects converted by AC Propulsion or just build your own. Sadly absent from the scene are mainstream car manufacturers.
Nissan’s Electric Promise. Amongst few manufacturers, Nissan has been talking about their EV for some time now. Despite a global financial meltdown, it is still schedule for release soon. According to Chattanooga, the “pure electric” vehicle with a 100-mile range between charges will debut late next year choosing Tennessee as one of its locations.
A Real Car Pushed By Electrons. The appeal of owning an EV is not only the low maintenance, nor the cost of recharging batteries but that it should seat five people. In this department, not too many achieve this. AC Propulsion’s eBox is a good example of that and Mitsubishi’s iMiEV‘s sub-compact is almost there. Tesla’s upcoming Model S looks very promising, but what of traditional car makers? Nissan’s EV seems to have a lot going for it, with the backing of Better Place and the Renault alliance, it seems to be only of the only few traditional car makers who is actively working on a pure EV. Time will tell. In the meantime, here is a story on Nissan’s EV from Popular Mechanics.