Nissan Leaf Crushes the Car Competition With Eco-Kindness

Maressa Brown
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nissan leafLooks like the auto industry is having a happy Earth Day! At this year's New York International Auto Show, the Nissan Leaf became the first electronic car to win the 2011 World Car of the Year award. The car beat out the short list of three finalists that included the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series (drool -- I love me some Beamers).

As jurors made their case for the eco-friendly ride, they explained that they loved the Nissan Leaf for many reasons:

The Leaf is the gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan. This 5-seater, 5-door hatchback is the world’s first, purpose-built, mass-produced electric car ... It feels just like a normal car, only quieter.

For you car nerds, some of the awesome stats on the Leaf-mobile include its 108hp and 206 lb ft of torque (generated by its lithium-ion battery modules and electric motor), which can speed the car right up to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds (oofah!) and get it up to 90 mph. It has a range of over 100 miles on a full charge (or so says Nissan), and takes around 8 hours to recharge.

What's more, the Leaf has something called a Carwings system, which connects all Nissan Leafs to a network, wirelessly feeding their energy economy statistics to a central server. The “Regional Rankings” system compares the driver’s energy economy to other Leaf drivers in the region, and the winner receives a gold trophy icon on the Carwings dashboard control center. The second, third, and fourth place winners can also win a place on the graphical podium, receiving icons depicting gold, silver, and bronze medals.

That sounds hella cool! I want a nifty little trophy icon on my dashboard control center!! I wanna be queen of the green road!

Sounds like the Prius may have some serious competition. The Nissa Leaf is the car of the future! Given all of its cool features, I'm surprised that it won the top honors at the Auto Show. Oh and if you're thinkin' of picking one up for yourself, the list price is $32,780, about $8,200 cheaper than the Chevy Volt.

Would you consider owning a Nissan Leaf?

 

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