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What’s It Like to Drive Electric Car? [Pics]

On I took Nissan’s first and electric vehicle, the EV-02, for a The car—the only EV prototype has built to date—should be available to the sometime in 2010, according to North American Director of EV, Perry. So how’s the drive?

The is zippy, and feels eerily From the inside, you quickly that most of what you in today’s gasoline cars is more than road and air turbulence; the EV-02 is almost the to drive as most compact (although the driver’s side on prototype is on the right, and the nav system is in The only difference: switching the key to the on doesn’t make any sound—not so much as a water pump shifting into drive make that familiar clunk.

Once in gear, you just hit the and lurch forward. The squarish is a little ungainly in the corners, but the car peppy, responsive, and appropriately all the way into cruising speeds.

the outside, watching the EV-02 is a experience. The car makes a quiet as its motor engages, which turns into a muted that sounds almost the liftoff of a jet airplane from far away. The final version have a push-button starting akin to Nissan’s current cars, says Perry, and get at least 100 miles to a charge.

The goal of the EV-02, whose version has yet to be named, is to eliminate two emissions and hybrid payback. The part everyone’s familiar but the latter is the term industry use to describe the length of time a hybrid saves enough on gas to justify its increased cost. the EV-02, the payback is zero, says.

Even if gas dipped $1 a gallon, running the fully-electric car still be cheaper than a car.

The EV-02 is built on a heavily-modified belonging to the Denki Cube, a SUV the company sells in Japan. The are necessary because of the placement of the battery, a long, narrow, plank that weighs 500 pounds and sits under the compartment. Under the hood is the motor, differential, equipment for the braking system, and some of the stuff—power steering and braking electronics and so on.

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Even though the car an engine block and a transmission, says, the weight of the battery the total weight of the vehicle to the equivalent of its gas-powered cousin. 30 minutes charging will get the to 80% capacity using a standard 220-volt circuit. (The itself will look like today’s gas pump according to the SAE standard recently and pictured below.)

This is our mass market says Perry of the EV-02, he notes that Nissan are working on making a smaller, compact electric car as well. He the battery pack inside the should last plenty enough for the five or six years most consumers keep a and even long enough for the decade-long car owner. Since produced by the nation’s power is largely wasted at night—up to 73% of it, to Perry—people who charge their after dark won’t be any stress onto the grid.

And because power rates are utility companies won’t be to use cars like the EV-02 as an to jack up rates.

Perry that Nissan hopes to at least 12 or 15 cities building stations in pilot programs by and some states and municipalities—notably DC and the state of Oregon—are already on DC has over 200 electric bicycle stations it plans to hybridize for car within the next two years, and has already started building charging stations in the Portland despite the dearth of actual electric cars (bully for Oregon). No price has been set for the mass-produced descendants, but if the folks in and DC are any indication, the early adopters are and waiting.

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