I bet Toyota is feeling a little stupid right now after their comments that electric vehicles are a niche, and that they will keep backing Hybrid? I say this because the Nissan Leaf has just been named ‘European ‘Car of the Year’ for 2011’, but is this deserved? We are certain that this little EV due for release early next year has its fans and critics?
According to Ray Massey from the Daily Mail, the judges loved how the Leaf was more like a standard car; meaning that it “didn’t drive like a milk-float.” It is said that the car has a running cost of just 2.5 pence per mile. We already know how well prepared Nissan is for the new EV, as they have a team of engineers ready to take customers calls — hoping not to have recall issues as the Prius did then.
This Leaf is said to be the most affordable electric vehicle yet, and will be available from December in Japan and the U.S.; the date mentioned above was for Europe and the UK. Customers in the UK can expect to pay £23,990, £5,000 has already been taken off the sticker price; this is the Government discount.
Nissan hopes to win many more Car of the Year titles, as they already have three Leaf successors planned, which we discussed in a recent post. The Nissan Leaf was not loved by all the judges though, it was reported that some of them put it in last — bit like Marmite then?