Five Canceled Electric Car Concepts: Lessons Learned
One reason that green car fans are so excited about the upcoming Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Ford Focus Electric is that these cars are definitely, absolutely and positively going to be produced and sold in the United States.
It’s easy enough for a car company to write up a press release, push an exciting electric-drive concept car to an auto show platform, and strike up the music. In the process, hopes are raised—only to be dashed with the swipe of an auto executive’s hand.
Takeaway: No matter what anybody says, be skeptical until you see a confirmed launch date and price—and multiple reviewers have taken a test drive of a production model, not a concept or test prototype.