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Nissan LEAF wins Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012 at Tokyo Motor Show

The battery-electric Nissan LEAF won the Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012 award—the first time an electric vehicle has won this award.

The Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012 winner was announced at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show venue; this is the 32nd year that the Car of the Year Japan awards has been held.

We have sold 20,000 Nissan LEAFs and also delivered on our promise of affordable, zero-emission mobility on a global scale. This award is as much a win for Nissan as it is for our customers. All these accolades show that zero-emission vehicles can clearly be competitive alternatives to conventional ones.

— Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn

Nissan LEAF was also named the 2012 RJC Car of the Year award winner, presented by the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan, in addition to winning the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame’s 2011-2012 Car of the Year, the 2011 European Car of the Year and the 2011 World Car of the Year accolades.



The Leaf-2 may do it again next year.


Good for Nissan.


Another good news. Oerlikon's Thinfab PV panels will be produced in China from 2013/2014 at a very low cost of $0.46/watt. A 1KW panel would cost only $460 and be about enough to supply most of the energy required for a small BEV. Larger BEVs would require 2KW panels @ $920. Of course, by the time you add installation + controllers + storage units the total system installed cost will multiply.

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