Nissan Leaf is European Car of the Year 2011
The Nissan Leaf has been awarded 2011 European Car of the Year
The Nissan Leaf has been awarded 2011 European Car of the Year. It is the first time in the 47 year history of the annual competition that the award has gone to an electric vehicle. President of the Jury, Car of the Year Hakan Matson said “the jury acknowledged that the Nissan Leaf is a breakthrough for electric cars. Nissan Leaf is the first EV that can match conventional cars in many respects.”
The Nissan Leaf has been designed from the start to be a purely electric-powered model and in this sense it is truly revolutionary, marking a turning point for the car industry. The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90kW. The car has a range of more than 100 miles.
The Nissan Leaf is fully equipped with features such as regenerative braking, air conditioning, satellite navigation, parking camera and advanced on-board IT and telematics systems. Innovative connectivity will allow an owner to set charging functions to monitor the car's current state of charge and the remaining battery capacity, as well as to heat or cool the interior of the car remotely via mobile phone or computer. The Nissan Leaf will be available in five colours in Europe, blue metallic and pearl, white pearl, silver metallic, black solid and red pearl. Customers in the UK will receive their Nissan Leafs in March 2011.