Nissan Leaf Receives Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Oct 5, 2010) - Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) announced that the Nissan LEAF will receive a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award at an Oct. 5 ceremony at the Hearst Tower in New York City.
The Nissan LEAF was chosen as one of the year’s 10 most transformative products by a panel of experts in addition to members of the Popular Mechanics’ editorial board of advisers. Popular Mechanics says of the Nissan LEAF: “It’s not the first pure EV, but the Nissan LEAF hits the mainstream like none of its predecessors. Powered by a 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the LEAF provides a 100-miile range, enough for most commuters, for the price of an average vehicle – and with a much lower operating cost than gasoline-powered vehicles.”
“Nissan is honored to receive this highly prestigious award for the all-electric Nissan LEAF,” said Larry Dominique, vice president, Product Planning, NNA. “Popular Mechanics recognizes the transformative powers of electric-vehicle technology, and Nissan is proud to lead the way in bringing the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, all-electric vehicle, to the mass market.”
The awards, in their sixth year, are designed to heighten awareness of the advancements and innovations that are transforming, enhancing and improving lives. Winners are chosen with the help of an expert advisory panel of prominent thought leaders. Twenty awards are given out each year – 10 products available to consumers, and 10 innovations that have potential to change lives. The Nissan LEAF appears in the November issue of Popular Mechanics, on newsstands Oct. 12, and at www.popularmechanics.com/breakthrough10.
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.