Tony Whitney of Drivers Seat reviews the all new Nissan Leaf.
The Nissan Leaf (also formatted "LEAF" as acronym for Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car) is a compact 5-door hatchback electric car to be produced by Nissan. According to the manufacturer, the Leaf's all-electric range is 100 miles (160 km).
Sales are scheduled to begin in the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, and Portugal in December 2010, and the U.K. and Ireland in February 2011, with global market availability planned for 2012. As the reservation process began for U.S. customers, Nissan announced that availability for December 2010 is limited in quantities and to select markets and initially through online reservations only. The availability will be increased by spring 2011, with full U.S. market rollout planned for 2012.
Because the Leaf is an all-electric car, it has the advantages of producing no tail pipe pollution, lessening dependence on oil, and its total cost of ownership improves in comparison as the price of gasoline rises. In January 2010 the Leaf received the Green Car Vision Award by the Green Car Journal.