The electric vehicle market in U.S. is due to see a slew of new offerings from major automobile companies after Tesla, Chevrolet and Nissan set the precedent in 2010.
In 2010 GM released its EV Chevrolet Volt and received rave reviews. However Nissan launched it's EV Leaf which ensued a sort of price war between the two stoked by the $7,500 tax credit offered by the government to promote electric cars.
The EV market is still at a nascent stage in U.S., and still needs support in the form of subsidies, charging kiosks and supporting infrastructure to assist the customers to make the transition to EVs.
However the number of launches due in 2011 reveals that automobile manufacturers are forecasting an upcoming trend in EV sales. Thus names like Ford, Mitsubishi, Daimler, Honda and Toyota are all taking the plunge with their upcoming models.
Models lined up are Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Daimler Smart fortwo, Honda Fit EV and Toyota RAV4 EV. The models are due to arrive in 2011 and 2012.
Here is a slideshow showcasing the major EV cars due in U.S: