If you happen to be in San Diego this afternoon you may get a chance to view what Nissan 's director of product planning and strategy, Mark Perry, is calling "a true market introduction" of the electric car that the company will offer for sale in America next year. It won't actually look like the coming 5-seater, but under the Nissan Cube skin is said to lay the same drivetrain as the 2010 model. While speaking about the upcoming event, Perry let slip that the pricing of the vehicle will be competitive with the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. "We're not going to be charging a premium for this car, batteries included," he said in a statement that seemed to rule out the battery leasing model.
The appearance at the Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego is meant to introduce the vehicle to fleet managers from universities, municipalities and private companies. Nissan has partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), who will help install charging infrastructure, to bring its electrics to the area. The utility has plans to acquire between 15 and 20 of the EVs for their own fleet. No clue was given as to the unveiling date of the actual vehicle and price though we do expect the car with its 100-mile range to be available sometime next July. We'll have more details later today.
[Source: Sign On San Diego]