Not the first EV, not the last, but one of the smallest so far. UK’s Mini enters the fray with the Mini E (http://www.minispace.com/en_us/). Cute. Hiding behind this is, of course, Bavarian Motor Works (BMW), but the Mini has an audience all its own. With a top speed of 95mph, the Mini E uses regenerative braking to recharge its Li-ion batteries. Too bad it is just a prototype at this point; otherwise every college kid in the US would want one. The BBC article covers the new Mini E carefully. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7760787.stm
Hybrids are being made today by a variety of car companies, most notably Toyota, with its Prius, but EVs are less common. Maybe Mini is onto something here.
The Li-ion battery is not the only choice. Other EVs in the future will use alternative batteries such as Nickel Metal Hydride, and Advanced Lead-Acid or PbC batteries (see http://www.axionpower.com)