This year has seen the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf vying for top spot as the best EV. Both cars are exceptional products. The Chevy Volt has been chosen as the ‘Car of the Year’ by Motor Trend; has been proclaimed ‘Automobile of the Year’ by Automobile Magazine and has also won the Green Car of the Year title for 2011.
Other quarters have been more impressed with the Leaf – like TheGreenCarWebsite in the UK, which has given the Leaf their ‘Green Car of the Year’ accolade. Most recently the Nissan Leaf has also been selected as Green Car Reports’ ‘Best Car to Buy’ for 2011.
Other vehicles that were being considered for the title included the Chevy Volt, the Honda CR-Z, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Lexus CT 200h and the Nissan Leaf. According to GCR, the Leaf emerged victorious overall, since they were considering several factors.
The most compelling thing working in favor of the Leaf was that it was the only vehicle offered in the US market by a reputed automaker that required absolutely no gasoline; the Leaf has the lowest carbon footprint among every other new car on the market; its range per day is a 100 miles, which is more than 90% of US vehicles are capable of doing.
Sources at GCR revealed that the main factor that helped the Leaf to scrape past the Volt at the finish line is the fact that the Volt does use a bit of gasoline for fuel, while the Leaf uses absolutely none.
Having a car that meets almost 90% of your needs while functioning on electric power alone, is definitely a compelling argument. Looks like customers will have to make up their own minds about which one they will have to choose, as there is no clear winner.