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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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RE: What is the most economical
By namechamps on 6/24/2010 10:55:49 AM , Rating: 0
Multicar households.

I don't "need" 2 vehicles capable of going 300+ miles on a tank. However today 2 EV would be rather limiting but 1 EV + 1 conventional. Now you are talking.

Sure it required a little more planning but comparing electricity to $4.00 or even $5.00 gasoline (it is coming) EV gives you the ability to cut fuel costs by 80%-90%. That is a real chunk of change enough for a vacation, or new flat screen TV, or more wealth in your investments. The "freedom to not give a shit" is going to rapidly become very expensive for that 1% of the time.

With 2 vehicle household (1 convention, 1 EV) you get best of both worlds.

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?

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