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.