by Pat Darnell and HERE
What if they built electric vehicles (EVs) and there was no place to plug them in? That’s been the chicken-and-egg conundrum keeping EVs off the market in modern times. But Nissan doesn’t want to wait for charging networks — it’s building them itself. And now it has a car to go with the wiring.
Nissan turned over a new Leaf over the weekend, showing off its five-door, five-seat hatchback in Yokohama, Japan. Here's what it looks like on the road:
Rolling out in late 2010, 50,000 Leafs will be sold in the U.S., Europe and Japan the first year, with China following soon after.
Mark Perry, a Nissan spokesman, said the Leaf will cost no more than a comparable mid-sized car, and that means with a price around $15,000 the company could initially lose money on each one. The battery pack alone reportedly costs $10,000. Perry said customers would either buy or lease the little car, but pricing will be announced later. Perry also said he expects most buyers to charge up at home, but — especially for the Leaf — there will be other options. [SOURCE]