The Japanese giants Nissan will be announcing their first zero emissions car on the 2nd of August, although the name of the vehicle has not yet been released, we know that it’s a 5 seat hatchback and is powered by an electric motor. Nissan will be realising a vast amount of information regarding this publicly available car tomorrow, but until then we have acquired some technical information about the electric vehicle. From an aesthetics point of view, the car features a V shape design with head lamps which split away from the door mirrors, thus reducing drag. The EV is powered via many lithium ion batteries and an 80kW electrical motor, and thanks to the aerodynamic design of the car, you should expect a very reasonable 160KM distance before it requires charging.
However cleverly if the vehicle is running low on electricity, the EV has a computer system which will inform the driver of a destination which can be reached on the remaining battery charge, which will allow the car to be charged at a charging station. From a performance aspect, it’s similar to a 2.0 litre petrol car, and handling is a little better than typical fuel vehicles due to the low centre of gravity the batteries provide.
The car will go on sale at Japan, USA and Europe by early 2011, you can expect prices to start from £20,000.