Automaker Nissan announced that it plans to sell an electric car by 2010 in Japan, with worldwide mass-production only 2 years later.
The AP's Yuri Kageyama writes from Tokyo:
Nissan is also in talks with parking lot and railway companies on deals to put recharging stations near commuter stations ... That's one of the main complaints about electric cars: Skeptics say electric vehicles will stay niche for some time because they can't be used for long drives without recharging, and recharging stations aren't widespread. Proponents say tax breaks, preferential highways lanes and other incentives will boost their appeal.
Subaru and Mitsubishi also intend to have electric vehicles available next year. The video is of Nissan's "Pivo" electric prototype; the electric cube, pictured below, is a more convincing example of how a production vehicle may look.