100 Cars That Changed History

tn_75-2011_Nissan_Leaf_SL_--_NHTSA2011 Nissan Leaf SL — NHTSA” by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – safercar.gov. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.


75. Nissan Leaf 2010-present Japan

The first mass-produced all-electric car made by a major manufacturer, The Nissan Leaf or LEAF (for the backronym Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car), is a compact electric car made by Nissan. The compact electric car is a five-door hatchback style with front-wheel drive. As is easily imagined, the Leaf is very efficient, averaging 115 miles per US gallon gasoline equivalent. It is the world’s best-selling highway-capable electric car, most popularly in Japan and North America. The Leaf is a revolutionary leader in emission reduction efforts, emitting no tailpipe exhaust or greenhouse gases. The Nissan Leaf won the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 World Car of the Year, and the 2011–2012 Car of the Year Japan. In its short life, it has already changed the automotive industry.


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