Los Angeles will usher in a new era of transportation at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November with nearly a half-dozen electric vehicles being showcased during the show on press days, Nov. 17-18.

Worldwide, nearly all major automakers have announced plans for an electric car in the next few years and Los Angeles will receive the first arrivals in the next several months.

Auto manufacturers are looking to Los Angeles to lead the charge in early electric vehicle adoption, much as Los Angeles continues to lead in hybrid vehicles sales. Since Los Angeles is recognized as a trendsetter for the automotive industry, it makes sense.

The first electric cars to kick off this new era are the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, expected to arrive in selected dealerships in November and December of this year, respectively.

Several other electric vehicles will debut at the LA Auto Show including the North American production version of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV and Toyota’s RAV4 EV concept. Expected to be one of the next electric vehicles to hit dealerships, the i-MiEV model debuting at the LA Show will be wider and will also include an upgraded list of standard and optional interior features to make it more attractive to the U.S. buyer.

This drive toward the electrification of the automobile has also spawned new manufacturers focused exclusively on the electric vehicle market like Santa Monica, California-based Coda Automotive and luxury electric car maker, Fisker Automotive, which are also expected to reveal important news at the show.

For the first time ever, the coveted Green Car of the Year award nominees features electric vehicles including the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 Nissan LEAF. The other Green Car of the Year finalists include the 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

The Green Car of the Year winner will be revealed at an LA Auto Show press conference on Nov. 18. 2011.

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