Nissan Leaf Becomes First Electric Car To Win Global Auto PrizeThe Nissan Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show, beating out the short list of three finalists — the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series. The Leaf was the first electric vehicle to win the award.
According to the jurors, Nissan‘s electric car has a lot going for it:
“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. Dropped onto a unique platform and body, the Leaf’s lithium-ion battery modules and electric motor generate 108hp and 206 lb ft of torque, propelling the hatch from zero to 60mph in 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. It has a range of over 100 miles on a full charge (claims Nissan), takes around 8 hours to recharge using 220-240V power supply and produces zero tailpipe emissions. Its low center of gravity produced sharp turn-in with almost no body roll and no understeer. The good news? It feels just like a normal car, only quieter.”We think another reason the Leaf deserves the New York International Auto Show‘s World Car of the Year award is because of its Carwings system that leverages crowdsourcing to enhance its fuel economy.
What happened to the Chevy Volt, which costs $8,200 more than the $32,780 Nissan Leaf? It was still deemed cool enough to win the Green Car of the Year award at that same auto show.
We’ve driven the Volt and, as the jurors said about the Nissan Leaf, the Volt feels like a normal car, too. What really makes it feel normal is after you’ve run down its batteries, its gasoline engine allows it to keep going for just as many miles as conventional vehicles.
The Nissan Leaf Wins World Car Of The Year, Chevy Volt, Green Car Of The Year
Another day, another car of the year award. The Nissan Leaf just won the World Car Of The Year award at the New York International Auto Show. An unnamed World Car juror notes Leaf’s tech specs of 100 mile range, 8 hour battery charge and that it’s the first mass-produced 5 seat EV hatchback. “It feels just like a normal car, only quieter.” This award is now in it’s 7th year, previously crowned mainly compact cars with the notable exception of the Lexus LS 460 in 2007 and the Audi A6 in 2005.
The Chevy Volt didn’t walk away empty handed. The same organization named the Chevy Volt the Green Car Of The Year. Question: wouldn’t the best car of the year also be the green car of the year if it was in fact a green car? Just asking.
Mitsubishi prices 'i' electric car $4,790 below Nissan Leaf
Mitsubishi priced its new "i" electric car almost $5,000 less than Nissan's battery-powered Leaf in its bid to win a share of the emerging rechargeable auto market in the U.S.The 2012 Mitsubishi i will have a base price of $27,990, Yoichi Yokozawa, the Tokyo-based carmaker's North American chief executive, said Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. After a U.S. tax credit, the cost to consumers will be $20,490, making it the most affordable electric vehicle in the U.S., he said. The Leaf's base price is $32,780, before the tax incentive.
"We want to penetrate this market and need to be competitive on pricing," Yokozawa told reporters. The initial goal is to deliver about 2,000 units, and "later, we'd like to go to 20,000 or 30,000 a year," he said.
Mitsubishi's move creates a rivalry in the U.S. with Nissan, which aims to be the world's biggest seller of electric cars. Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan began delivering Leafs to U.S. drivers in December and this week said it's preparing to expand shipments of the car from the low hundreds to a thousand units or more per month. Nissan's goal is to eventually sell 500,000 battery cars a year globally.
U.S. customers can pre-order the lithium-ion battery-powered i beginning Friday, Mitsubishi's Yokozawa said. The car should travel about 85 miles per charge, depending on driving conditions, he said.
Toyota, Honda, Ford and other large automakers have also announced plans.
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