Hybrid sales may be in the tank, but that isn't about to stop Nissan from pushing its new electric vehicle in a very big way. Yesterday, the company announced that it's bringing EVs to the U.S. in 2010, with plans to deploy them around the globe about two years later. Not surprisingly, the announcement came at the kick-off of Nissan's cross-country tour to show off its new lithium-ion-powered EV Prototype.
The cars--which, Nissan insists, will not look like the prototype--are set to launch in San Diego, California as part of a unique partnership between Nissan and San Diego Gas & Electric (aka SDG&E); together the companies will work to create a charging infrastructure to support the vehicles. Questions of viability aside, the project will at least create some jobs in the short term, and the folks in California couldn't be happier:
"We are proud to be embarking on this clean transportation initiative with Nissan," said Debra L. Reed, president and chief executive officer of SDG&E. "This collaborative effort is the first step in making San Diego 'plug-in ready.' We're excited about creating new job opportunities for our region and furthering San Diego's vision of being at the center of growth for clean technologies."
San Diego isn't alone in that enthusiasm: other U.S. entities that have signed onto the project include Tennessee, Oregon, and the city of Tucson, Arizona. And as part of Nissan's partnership with Renault, the company has also begun launching zero-emission vehicle programs in