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Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell won the poll we ran in December as the vehicle that should have won the Green Car Journal's Green Car Vision Award, but it was the Nissan Leaf that received that honor today at the Washington Auto Show. The Leaf (read full details on the car) was selected over Coda Automotive's electric sedan, the Ford Focus BEV, the F-Cell and Toyota's plug-in Prius for the award.

After accepting the award, Nissan held a short press conference, during which we learned that 38,000 people have signed up for Nissan's Leaf interest list. This is higher than previous numbers we've heard from Nissan about early interest (around 20,000 pre-orders expected) and production volumes (just 5,000), but we know it's also much easier to raise a hand than sign a lease. Still, it's a strong signal that the company vision could soon be a popular vehicle. As one Nissan representative said, "We're serious when we say mass market." In the near future, Nissan will announce detailed pricing information (the vehicle is still 11 months away, after all) and more information on markets where the all-electric car will be available.


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PRESS RELEASE

Nissan Leaf Electric Car Wins 2010 Green Car Vision Award™

Electric Hatchback a Significant Step for Automaker, Green Car Journal Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Nissan Leaf battery electric car has been named Green Car Journal's 2010 Green Car Vision Award™ winner at The Washington Auto Show. The innovative Leaf is scheduled to go on sale later this year.

Along with the Leaf, this year's Green Car Vision Award™ nominees included the Coda electric sedan, Ford Focus BEV electric car, Mercedes-Benz F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and Toyota Prius PHV plug-in hybrid. Each of these nominees, in its own way, presents a strong vision for the future of the automobile.

"Nissan's move to offer a stylish battery electric vehicle as part of its model line is significant," says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. "This coming electric model will provide the features, the styling, and the driving experience that will meet the needs of a sophisticated and demanding market, while producing zero localized emissions and requiring no petroleum fuels."

The vehicle's cost does not exceed that of a comparable internal combustion model and the gas to run it.

"This kind of price parity is crucial to the success of any mass market advanced technology model," Cogan says.

To be considered for the Green Car Vision Award™, vehicles must be in their early stages of commercialization but not yet on sale, in small volume production with more than one functional prototype in existence, or operating as part of a demonstration fleet. A nominee may be an all-new model or an advanced adaptation of an existing model, such as a conversion to another type of power like electric drive.

About Green Car Journal

The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. The Green Car Vision Award™ is a trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

About WANADA and The Washington Auto Show®
The Washington Auto Show® is considered the Public Policy Show on the industry's global circuit. As producers of the auto show, the Washington Area New Auto Dealers Association (WANADA) represents nearly all franchised new car dealers in and around the Washington metropolitan region. For more information, contact www.washingtonautoshow.com and www.wanada.org
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Our travel and lodging for this media event were provided by the Auto Alliance.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Our travel and lodging for this media event were provided by the Auto Alliance"

      Interestingly, Nissan is not a member of the Alliance (just pointing it out for what it's worth, and I think it's a good thing they're independent and not held back by being a part of a group that's perceived as stifling innovation).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ok, thanks for clearing that up for me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True, but we're reporting from the DC Auto Show, which is what the AA brought us to see. All our coverage from here will get this disclaimer, whether it's about a member of the alliance or not. Just so everyone knows what the score is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alright, who stuffed the autobloggreen poll...

      Congrats to Nissan for winning the award - Nissan's investment in electric vehicles truly is visionary.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am still very skeptical, but restrained applause anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats. The funky design is starting to grow on me...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Japan... the ones who brought us the Play Station 3, the Nissan GT-R, the Datsun 510! All fantastic looking pieces of art! So how is it possible for the Japanese to create the Nissan Leaf, one of the most horrendous looking cars ever to be created!
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL You're right....I still affectionately refer to it as the "gasping guppy", but somehow it's growing on me too.

        And EVSuperhero is right, I saw it here in Atlanta two weeks ago and it is better in person.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks better in person!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like fish
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw it in Atlanta as well. I wish I had saved the gas money. Nothing more than what we've already seen on the net or read on this blog. It wasn't an actual drivable vehicle and was essentially running golf cart gear just get it on and off the trailer.

      I'm still going to buy one the day they come out. I've already contacted my nearest TN. Nissan dealer to give them my contact info when I can put a deposit down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good job. I will still have warranty on my EV, I will envy the Leaf drivers as your vehicle will be much more refined. Not that you would prefer it, but you will be able to blow 95% of the gassers out their off the line at the light with no effort.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BTW, if I was an editor for ABG I would get this statement rewritten:

      "it's also much easier to raise a hand than sign a lease"

      --because Nissan won't be leasing the Leaf, they will be *selling* it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty good for a car that looks like a fish.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I thought too - it resembles a catfish, LOL - but even so, the appearance is not bad, it's unique and it starts to grow on me.
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