The Nissan Leaf has been named ‘Green Car of the Year 2010’ by the Green Car Website. The Nissan Leaf is not on the roads until March 2011 but it is available to order. The Nissan Leaf is the UK’s first affordable full electric car and is fully compliant with EU safety regulations. Unlike other electric cars coming to the market in 2011, 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 Nissan Leaf has a top speed of 90mph and a full charge range of up to one hundred miles. It is a medium sized hatchback that can comfortably seat five adults and their luggage. 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 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.