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Electric Cars Lead New Models in 2011

Electric cars have been in development for a few years, but industry experts say more efficient batteries, improved performance, and greater consumer acceptance could transform 2011 into the year of the electric car. Our reporter looks at some of the models you’ll see in showrooms soon.

Electric cars are set to go mainstream in 2011.

And automakers are all vying for a slice of the potentially lucrative market.

Japanese carmaker Nissan says its new Leaf will appeal to green-minded but budget-conscious consumers. It’s priced at about $30,000. But product planning director Mark Perry calls it the affordable electric family car.

“This is the world’s first affordable pure zero emission car, battery electric, no gas, no oil,” said Perry. “Never have to go to a gas station, never have to do an oil change. Zero emission – there’s not even a tailpipe.”
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