Leaf at the top of the pile

Don’t you wish that for every mile you drove you only spent, say, 2.5p?

This is no longer a pipedream thanks to 2011 European Car of the Year winner, the Nissan Leaf.

It was in close competition with the Giulietta from Alfa Romeo, and Vauxhall’s Meriva, which finished a respectable 3rd place, but it came out on top.

It’s the only electric car to have ever won the award in the competition’s 47 years of existence and judges of the European Car of the Year Awards applauded the vehicle for being the first electric car powerful enough to compete with petrol fuelled automobiles.

Although the Leaf is built in Japan at the moment, in 2013, production of both the car and its batteries should move to Britain.

The Nissan Leaf will be available from 2011, and can be pre-ordered now by those of us who are eager to reduce our carbon footprint in style.

Image © kosabe via Flickr, under Creative Commons Licence

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