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A look at the electric cars coming in 2012

The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt were just the beginning, we take 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


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Is the Smart ForTwo made by BMW, or by Mercedes-Benz ?
whoopsie -- corrected
Bmw's smart? I think smart is owned by Daimler
Thank yo very much for the article, but this is focused mainly on US market. Concluding the above a few electric vehicle launch plans were ommited... Examples? There are KIA Rays planned to be delivered in the South Korean market There are Renault Fluence and Renault ZEO planned to be introduced in European Market.
Hi, I understand that outside the U.S. there are even more electric cars. However I'm an American writing primarily for an American audience, FWIW. There's also a car in Australia built by an Australian company whose name is escaping me at the moment. And I could have mentioned the Vauxhall Ampera (European version of the Volt). Or the Think cars. Or...
The Cadillac and the Volt are both HYBRIDS, despite what their manufacturer claims!