TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk has named the Nissan Leaf this year's winner of 'Green Car of the Year'.
The Leaf offers a top speed of 90mph and a full charge range of up to 100 miles. Its AC motor, powered by a lithium ion battery pack, delivers 80kW of power and 280 Nm of torque. Using a DC 50kW quick charger, the battery can be charged to up to 80 per cent of its capacity in under 30 minutes. Using a domestic 220/240V system, a full charge from takes eight hours, perfect for overnight recharging.
Nissan opened its order books to UK customers back in September while the model will be delivered to customers in Japan and the US by the end of the year, UK customers will have to wait until early 2011.
"The Leaf has been a highly anticipated car, simply because, at the moment there is nothing else like it on the market. Unlike other electric cars coming to the market in 2011, the 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", explains the website's editor, Faye Sunderland.
"Set to be built in Sunderland by 2013, the Leaf represents an exciting chance for the UK to play an important role in this new all-electric era by become a leading example of how electric cars can benefit both the environment and the economy through green growth," she adds.
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