The Renault-Nissan automotive alliance said recently that it plans to produce and sell 500,000 electric vehicles a year around the globe by the end of 2013. Company head Carlos Ghosn says Nissan and Renault will have four electric vehicle models each by 2013. Along with the Leaf, out in December, Nissan's electric lineup would include a commercial vehicle, a small city car and a luxury vehicle.
Mitsubishi unveiled its first all-electric production vehicle for the North American market that the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. The battery-powered "i" is based on a minicar of the same name popular in Japan. It is expected in Washington state in November 2011.
Sources: The Associated Press, NWautos staff