Leaf’s green card

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL DOWL­ING

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.

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