Just in time for Earth Day, the Nissan Leaf electric car has been named the 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show! Electric cars, remember those from the Henry Ford days? And various times in the last three decades, after people said KEWL for about five minutes and then promptly went back to not caring again?
This time a cute little electric car beat out some big, serious German motors -- Audi and BMW -- in a car contest. That impresses the heck out of me, and makes me think differently about electric cars, especially after spending $150 the last three weeks to fill up my gas guzzler. I'd totally get one, except ... $33,000 bucks? Well I don't have a 10th of that. And for me to pay that much for a car, I need it to sound like it's at least going to make it down the road to the store for some hamburger buns, and not crumpled lifeless by the side of the road.
Could they have come up with a more wimpy ass name for a car?