Leaf’s green card
IT’S official — Nissan’s electric Leaf has been rated the ‘‘best’’ eco-car in the US.
The Leaf, expected in Australia in 2012, this week received the green stamp from the US Environmental Protection Agency as best in its class for fuel efficiency and best for the environment.
The EPA stuck to its ap- praisal by affixing a new label to the Leaf’s windscreen, rating the all-electric car at the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon (2.4 litres/100km).
Nissan says that the miles per gallon equivalent rating ‘‘was developed by the EPA as a way to provide a standard so consumers can compare vehicles across the spectrum and make an educated purchase’’.
The EPA has declared that the annual electric cost for the Leaf is $US561 ($555) which compares to annual compactcar fuel cost averages of about $1000.
The 2011 Nissan Leaf, to be launched on the motoring market in the US next month, was also rated best in its class for the environment based on emitting zero greenhouse gases or other traditional tailpipe emission figures.