While Toyota, Ford, and other car companies are focusing much of their efforts on hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Nissan is making a big bet on the future of electric cars. The company's first all-electric car, the LEAF, made its North American debut on Friday in Los Angeles, well in advance of its availability to the general public in 2012.
“The LEAF is a new paradigm of the car,” said Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn at the LEAF unveiling event at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday. “LEAF represents a totally new transformational technology that will change the way people drive, use, and power their vehicles. And the time is right for this breakthrough.”
Nissan said the Nissan LEAF and its 100-mile range will first be available to fleets in 2011 and made available to the general public in 2012, focusing in particular on five or six geographic regions where EV-charging networks are in development.