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Nissan unveils electric car

Nissan unveils electric car

Nissan Motor Co. has rolled out its new electric car in Japan, the Leaf, and expects to start selling the eco-friendly blue hatchback next year, with mass production beginning in 2012, according to this Associated Press story.

The car is meant to look like other cars on the road, rather than futuristic. It will sell for about $10,000 and go 100 miles on a charge.

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The U.S. government gave Nissan $1.6 billion to retrofit its Tennessee plant to make the cars and the batteries. And other companies are working on their electric cars so they can tap into the market here for low and no emissions cars.

So, are we ready for full-on electric? Think service stations will start offering plugs? 

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AP photo of the Leaf, Nissan's new electric car

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