The Nissan Leaf Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree
Green Car Journal has named the stylish Nissan Leaf this years winner of its coveted Green Car Vision Award. The award is reserved for pre-production and first stage production vehicles that aren't available to the general public for sale. The recognition came during this week’s Washington Auto Show.
Nissan’s Leaf topped several competing brands, including the Coda sedan, the Ford Focus (BEV), Mercedes-Benz F-Cell and the Toyota Prius plug-in. Past recipients of the Vision Award are the Chevy Volt and the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell.
The Leaf’s lithium-ion battery can be fully charged at home in eight hours through a conventional 220-volt outlet. On the road, a network of charging stations would restore the Leaf ‘s battery to an 80 percent charge in about 30 minutes. A fully charged Leaf can travel up to 100 miles.
The Leaf (EV) produces an impressive 107 horsepower, resulting in a top speed of around 90 mph. The Leaf boasts a comfortable interior with ample room for 5 passengers.Without the fuel tank, the cargo area is deeper than a comparable c-class (compact) car.
Among the long list of the Leaf’s features are its advanced state of the art, on-board computer that delivers direction finding, music and easy to understand charging information. The computer will employ a satellite link to pinpoint charging station locations. Additionally, the system will send a “charged message” to a person’s smart phone.
The announcement has sparked some buzz with consumers who are already signing up for further information about the Leaf (EV).
Green Car Journal noted that Nissan’s concept of leasing the lithium-ion battery at the point of sale, will keep the end cost of the vehicle in line with comparable gas models. The car will be available in limited numbers later this year.