Nissan

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, unveiled the company’s five-year business plan in May 2008. The plan—called “Nissan GT 2012” with the G and T signifying growth and trust—puts a major emphasis on electric vehicles. Hybrid and EV fans responded with a chant in unison: “Bring it on.” But green car enthusiasts also engaged their well-worn vaporware alert systems to detect false promises, improbable plans, and insincerity. For the past few years, Ghosn has consistently called gas-electric hybrids “niche products” and “not a good business story.” He has apparently experienced a dramatic conversion from hard-nosed businessman to electric car preacher. Many of the headlines about Nissan’s electric car plans mentioned 2010 as the target date—but that date is for fleet testing. A more careful reading puts retail sales of Nissan EVs at 2012, at the earliest.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2014 Nissan Leaf Overview

2014 Nissan Leaf Overview

Nissan's 2014 Leaf is carried forward with a few updates and has proven to be the best-selling EV globally.
115 MPG Electric $28980 Now
2013 Nissan Leaf Review – Video

2013 Nissan Leaf Review – Video

Nissan's refreshed 2013 Leaf is now made in U.S. and offers improved efficiency at a lower price than 2012.
115 MPG Electric $28800 Now
2013 Nissan Leaf Overview

2013 Nissan Leaf Overview

MPG $ Now
2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Nissan Leaf

The top contender for first affordable mainstream all-electric car.
99 MPG Electric $35200 Now
2011 Nissan Sentra

2011 Nissan Sentra

Competitively priced small car with nifty interior features and competent road manners
30 MPG Small Car $15800 Now
2011 Nissan Versa

2011 Nissan Versa

Offered in two body styles, a sporty 5-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan, the Versa is the largest and most powerful entry-level compact car.
30 MPG Small Car $16600 Now
2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid

The Altima Hybrid is basically a Toyota hybrid wrapped in Nissan’s attractive packaging.
34 MPG Hybrid $26800 Discontinued
2009 Nissan Cube

2009 Nissan Cube

A whimsical and quirky option in the small economy class.
29 MPG Small Car $14000 Now