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Leaf is the reigning European Car of the Year and with good reason: it’s arguably the first battery-powered vehicle to combine zero-emissions driving with the driveability, space and practicality of a conventional family car. Leaf makes major advances in battery technology. Its 192 lithium-ion batteries are arranged in 48 modules – each one can be individually diagnosed and replaced if necessary. Nissan claims the batteries will retain 80% capacity after 10 years. Because the Leaf was designed as an electric car from the ground up, the powertrain is cleverly integrated and no heavier than a conventional 2.0-litre petrol engine and transmission. It provides space for five and their luggage. The only two bugbears are range and price. The former is yet to be announced, but expect the Leaf to cost at least as much as Mitsubishi’s smaller IMIEV. And range? After an eight-hour charge, Nissan claims the Leaf can travel 170km.