A look at the electric cars coming in 2012
It's the new year, giving us a time to pause, reflect on the past and look to the future. Where 2011 was the beginning of the beginning of serious electrification of the vehicle fleet, 2012 promises to be a breakout year with many new electrified cars (and motorcycles) coming onto the market. While we've had a growing number of hybrid cars beginning with the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight (both launched in 1999), the state of electric cars took a big leap forward in 2011 with the introduction of the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. Both have proved to be relatively popular (for newly introduced technology) with both having more sales in their first year than the Toyota Prius sold in its first year in North America.
They're about to be joined by a long list of other electric cars as the automakers ramp up their vehicle electrification programs. This is the first part of a three part series. Part two is: A look at the electric motorcycles coming in 2012. Part two is: A look at the plug-in hybrid cars coming in 2012