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Nissan Hopes To Accelerate Electric Car Production

Japanese automaker hopes to mass produce the vehicle, which will be targeted mainly at bigger cities, by 2012; Mitsubishi and Subaru planning to launch electric cars by 2010.

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. president Carlos Ghosn said Friday the automaker is hoping to mass produce an all-electric car mainly targeted at big cities with its ally Renault SA of France by 2012.
Ghosn, who heads the Japanese and French automakers, unveiled the plan during an interview at Nissan's head office in Tokyo.
He declined, however, to elaborate on the envisioned price range of such zero-emission green cars.
Earlier this week at the Tokyo Motor Show's media press preview, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said the company will try to launch an electric car in 2009, instead of its original plan of 2010, and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru brand cars, said it will try to do the same by 2010.
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