This Nissan LEAF has had a lot of firsts – today the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the LEAF with its Top Safety Pick rating making it the first 100 percent electric-vehicle to earn the award from the institute.
The rating is given to vehicles that achieve the Institute’s highest rating of “Good” in front, rear and side impact protection as well as being equipped with electronic stability control and earn a good rating in roof strength.
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“Nissan has a long standing commitment to safety and innovation,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “The award confirms that the commitment to passenger safety continues with the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.”
The Nissan LEAF was the first 100% electric vehicle to be tested by the Institute.
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Refresher: Power for the Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2011 Nissan LEAF will start at $32,780 but with a federal tax-credit prices will come in as low as $25,280, or for a lease payment of $349 a month.
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