Zero-emissions electric vehicle will go on cross-country test run and is set to debut in 2010. Nissan released photos yesterday of the electric vehicle housed in the shell of a Cube, as the EV-02, but the vehicle will be its own model.

Nissan will be showcasing its latest zero-emissions vehicle today at an event in San Diego held in cooperation with San Diego Gas & Electric. Nissan will then take the new electric vehicle across the United States on a coast-to-coast test run.

"This is not a glorified golf cart. This is a real, true electric vehicle and a vehicle you as a consumer would be happy to put in your garage today," said Mark Perry, Nissan's director of product planning and strategy, in a Signs on San Diego news story. The five-passenger car is a zero-emissions vehicle that runs on lithium-ion batteries powering an electric motor and takes about 4 hours to charge for a 100 mile (160 km) range. The car Nissan will premier today will be housed in the shell of the Nissan Cube (as the EV-02) but will later come as its own model, yet to be named. Nissan previously launched the EV-02 in Japan last August.

According to Perry, the model will be competitively priced and set to go up against similar offerings by Honda and Toyota.

In attendance on Monday will be San Diego Gas & Electric president and CEO Debra L. Reed, as well as Perry, who will be on hand to provide details on the car and, likely, answer questions during the 11:30 am press conference. The introduction of the new electric vehicle is being held for fleet managers, universities and municipalities who may be some of the early buyers of the car.

The event will take place at the Broadway Pier of the Port of San Diego and those participating will have the chance to take the car for a test drive throughout the day, between 9am and 4pm.

But, hey, where's Schwarzenegger?

Gallery: Nissan to Announce Introduction of Zero-Emission Vehicles in San Diego