Electric Car Lives Despite General Motors

Contrary to a recent story in the New York Times, Nissan will not be the first carmakers to launch a zero emission car in America; that honor goes to GM and the EV1.

Published: 19-May-2008

By Waldo Proffitt

On the front page of its business section Tuesday, the New York Times had a headline, "Nissan Plans Electric Car in U.S. by '10"

The story said Nissan's effort will be "the first by a major automaker to bring a zero-emission vehicle to the American market."


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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