Nissan to show off electric car concept in New York

Nissan will unveil an electric car concept at the 2008 New York auto show that hints strongly at its future production electric car.

Nissan Cube
The Cube has been tested with an electric powertrain. Nissan

Pushing its electric vehicle strategy, Nissan will unveil an electric car concept at the New York auto show. Beyond a one-off concept, this concept is the harbinger of Nissan's plans to push automotive technology forward with electric vehicles. Milestones of this strategy include the introduction of a new electric vehicle, based on the concept, to U.S. fleets in 2010. After this fleet testing period, the new electric vehicle will be sold to retail customers starting in 2012. Nissan has been testing a lithium ion electric powertrain in the Nissan Cube, a model soon to be offered in the U.S. Nissan executives, talking to Automotive News reporters, wouldn't say what the concept will look like, beyond saying that it will be a compact. But they said it has an estimated range of 100 miles and a top speed of 75 mph.

Look for our coverage of the 2008 New York auto show starting on March 19.

(Source: Green Car Congress)

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