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Nissan Leaf  (Source: Nissan Motors)
But Nissan makes it clear that "emissions-free" is their ultimate goal

Nissan is in the midst of working on expanding the environmental benefits of some of its vehicles by using pure electric batteries with no direct emissions – its efforts appear to be paying off. Of approximately 19,000 pre-orders and rising, 14,000 are from the United States, and 90 percent are conquest sales, meaning that Nissan has "stolen" potential sales or swayed loyal buyers from other auto brands. The automaker's conquest is "almost without comparison" and "few vehicles can capably convert loyal buyers over with this level of authority."

Even though the first year production of the Leaf is already sold out, not everyone is on the pure electric bandwagon, which is leading Nissan to consider developing extended range vehicles in the future. 

EV skeptics have stressed concerns about electric vehicles' range and ability to be driven on long road trips. While there is a growing infrastructure in certain cities around the world, and EV's like the Nissan Leaf can travel up to 100 miles with a full charge (under optimum conditions), Nissan's Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Brian Carolin, mentioned that "extended range vehicles could eventually join the pure battery electric Leaf in the marque's stable." 

The Chevrolet Volt, another one of the featured EV's of 2011, runs 40 miles on an emission-free electric charge, but then travels hundreds of additional miles on a range-extending gas generator via a single tank of gas. At the Automotive News Green Car Conference last week, General Motors' Director of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Development Micky Bly noted that his company's approach to EV's was "to make sure they could be primary vehicles" and that "the Volt is intended to be a vehicle that can operate emissions-free most of the time yet still be able to handle road trips when needed." Nissan may develop a similar range-extending model like this in order to supply vehicles that the masses will be able to feel comfortable with. 

Those who have submitted pre-orders for the Leaf have paid a refundable $99 at this point, but some believe as more money and risk is involved closer to purchase/lease time, the numbers of these pre-orders may change. 

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What is the most economical
By SoulBlighter on 6/24/2010 9:56:04 AM , Rating: 2
Here is what I have been thinking since past few weeks. Which is the most economical of all.
1. Hybrid
2. Pure EV
3. Pure EV with on board generator (Volt)

We all aware Hybrid is proven technology around and is cheap enough for many to go for it. But any future investments in this technology can bring better fruit for our current Hybrid vehicles?
Pure EV are always lagged with innovative technology to boost their range. Despite of major population doesn't need more than 100 miles on daily commute, but people like me who are trips once a while (2-3 times a year) to other cities would rather like Hybrid.
Now the EV with on board generator. I believe this can be made better by making more efficient generators, we will not require expensive and heavy transmission like regular Hybrid cars. To me Volt is the future and answer to many problems we currently facing till we have better technology to store energy but the price is big issue for people like me who can not afford to buy a car worth over 25k.

RE: What is the most economical
By mdogs444 on 6/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: What is the most economical
By namechamps on 6/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: What is the most economical
By mdogs444 on 6/24/2010 11:32:48 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, with with a 1 person household, 2 vehicles would be a waste of money. If you already own a car, truck, or suv...then spending $20,000-$30,000 on a car to charge by electricity instead of spending $4-5 on gas doesn't make any sense.

RE: What is the most economical
By Hiawa23 on 6/24/2010 12:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
I don't "need" 2 vehicles capable of going 300+ miles on a tank

I agree, I have 2 cars, the 97Civic gets 300mi per tank @ 223,000 miles, & the 06 Lancer Ralliart gets 270mi per tank @ 58,000, my gas bill is about $150/month, I drive 54miles a day. With the cost of these vehicles compared to what a gasoline vehicle cost & given the bad economy do these car companies really expect these vehicles to fly off the show floors, as it seems that the prices are out of most consumers range? Am I wrong?

By monkeyman1140 on 6/24/2010 12:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well every consumer is different. Even though I'm a commuter I only commute about 56 miles a day total, well within the 100 mile range limit of an EV. Others may need more.

The leaf is taking advantage of a "want", not a need. People WANT an electric car, some want it to show how eco-friendly they are, others think its "cool", others like the technology, and some are just curious and want to spend cash on something new.

You NEED toilet paper, you WANT a new car.

RE: What is the most economical
By lelias2k on 6/24/10, Rating: 0
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