| 20th October 2011
Nissan has been awarded the 'Electric Car of the Year' title at the GreenFleet awards for its all-electric Nissan Leaf.
The five door hatchback was judged on performance and was able to obtain the award because of its low C02 emissions and friendliness to the environment.
The Nissan Leaf is probably the first electric car that could pass as looking like a normal car with its appealing hatchback look, making it at home with the likes of the Ford Focus or a Peugeot 308.
Colin Boyton, GreenFleet marketing manager said: "With five-door practicality, a generous boot, a high level of spec, and most importantly, a 110 mile range, the Nissan LEAF is the resounding choice this year".
The Nissan Leaf is charged using charging stations that can be used at the road side or installed in a driver's house for about £1,000. The Leaf takes about 6-8 hours to charge, or with a 'fast charger' be powered to 80 per cent capacity within 30 minutes.
With a fully-charged Leaf the range is a little over 100 miles. The Leaf is also capable of 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds and a top speed of 90mph.
The Nissan Leaf comes equipped with features such as climate control, satellite navigation, rear-view parking camera, quick charge socket and smart-phone connectivity. The latter allows users to control things like climate control remotely from their phone.
Although the Leaf has won the electric car award Nissan is probably better known for its more conventional models such as its Micra or the Juke.
However, the Leaf represents a breakthrough in electric technology as the first mass-produced electric car with four doors and a traditional hatchback body shape.
Barry Beeston, Nissan motor GB's fleet sales director said: "A growing number of fleets are beginning to switch on to how Leaf can provide drivers with a good combination of everyday practicality and zero emissions when in use".
The Nissan Leaf is priced at £25,990, (after the £5,000 Government incentive). This price includes the battery costs.
While this may worry some because of potential high price of the replacement, Nissan says the battery is made up of 48 'cells', each of which can be replaced individually if one stops working.