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Nissan Electric Cars

The list of Nissan's electric cars begins and ends with the Leaf. The all-electric Leaf is among the first electric cars to be mass produced.

The Leaf went on sale in the United States in December 2010. It is priced at $32,780, but buyers are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt or hybrid vehicles, the Leaf does not have a gas engine, so it's battery power or nothing. Nissan said it has a range of about 100 miles before needing a recharge.

The EPA tells a different story, however. In its tests, the Leaf battery range ranges from 138 miles in ideal conditions, to just 47 miles in heavy stop and go traffic with the air conditioner on. The average range is 73 miles.

This can cause "range anxiety" for drivers who may find themselves too far from a charging station to make it home.

That is another issue with electric cars -- the recharging infrastructure is not yet in place, so the Leaf and other electric cars are really only viable for short trips near home.

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