2011 Nissan LeafElectric cars make it to production. All-electric cars—of the sort that are fully highway-legal, plug in, carry no internal combustion engine, and have no gas tank—made it to production for the first time just as 2010 wrapped up. Although there was some ceremony worth noting in the first deliveries of the Nissan Leaf—including those that we covered in San Francisco and Portland—very few Leafs have actually been made thus far. What makes the Leaf's production start such a milepost in the automotive world is Nissan's grand plans for this electric car: CEO Carlos Ghosn is betting the company's future on the powertrain tech in the Leaf and hopes to build—between Nissan, Infiniti, and Renault—half a million EVs yearly by 2013.
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