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Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Earn Highest Safety Ratings in Crash Test

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- As gas prices continue to soar, more drivers are turning their attention towards electric vehicles.  But just how safe are they?

In the first-ever U.S. crash test of electric cars, both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf performed well, gaining the top rating for front, side, rear and rollover crash protection.  The highest safety ratings garnered both vehicles the title of Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

"What powers the wheels is different, but the level of safety for the Volt and Leaf is as high as any of our other top crash test performers," said Joe Nolan, the Institute's chief administrative officer.

Nolan advised, however, that both vehicles' performance in the crash tests doesn't mean all electric vehicles are safe.

"The Volt and the Leaf shouldn't be confused with golf cart-like electric vehicles that don't have to meet any of the federal standards for crash worthiness," he said.

The Volt and Leaf offer some extra protection because they're heavy -- much of their weight comes from their batteries.

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Nissan Leaf Named 2011 World Car of the Year

Aaron Katersky/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time ever, the honors of World Car of the Year went to a vehicle that uses no gas, the Nissan Leaf.

The electric-powered vehicle beat out the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series for the award, which was announced Thursday at the International Auto Show in New York.

Nissan's Brian Carolin said the victory shows where the auto industry is headed.

"It just recognizes what a game changer the car is -- the first affordable zero emission mass marketed electric car," Carolin said.

So far, the Leaf isn't the easiest vehicle to find -- it has only been sold in select cities in limited numbers.  But production is ramping up, and by the end of next year, the car will be made in Tennessee.?

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Nissan Leaf Tops the Top 10 'Green' Cars of 2011

Nissan Motor Co(IRVINE, Calif.) -- With gasoline prices inching up towards a national average of $4 a gallon, Kelley Blue Book’s just-released ranking of the most fuel efficient vehicles for 2011 couldn’t come at a better time.

The list includes standard gas-powered vehicles, hybrids and all-electric cars.  In compiling the list, the editors at Kelley Blue Book say they not only examined fuel efficiency, but also which “green” vehicles they actually enjoy driving and would recommend to others.

The top-ranked car is the Nissan Leaf, an all-electric vehicle that the EPA says will deliver 73 miles per charge, and the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon.  But fuel efficiency isn’t the only thing “green” about the Leaf -- it also features materials made from recycled items such as old home appliances and plastic bottles.

Here is Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars of 2011:

1. 2011 Nissan Leaf, 99 mpg equivalent
2. 2011 Chevy Volt, 93 mpg equivalent
3. 2011 Toyota Prius, 50 mpg (51 city, 48 highway)
4. 2011 Lexus CT 200h, 42 mpg (43 city, 40 highway)
5. 2011 Honda Insight, 41 mpg (40 city/43 highway)
6. 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 39 mpg (41 city/36 highway)
7. 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 34 mpg (30 city/42 highway)
8. 2011 Hyundai Elantra, 33 mpg (29 city, 40 highway)
9. 2012 Fiat 500, 33 mpg (30 city/38 highway)
10. 2012 Ford Focus, 31 mpg (28 city/38 highway)

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Even Electric Cars Are No Safe Haven from High Gas Prices

Nissan Motor Co(NEW YORK) -- While oil and gas prices have been pushed higher by unrest in the Middle East, consumers have not yet run to the newest electric vehicles on the market.  President Obama has said he hopes to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, in part to decrease American dependency on foreign oil.

An electric vehicle can allow consumers to purchase less gas and decrease our dependency on oil, but the cost savings vary both by consumer and by car.

Because both electric and hybrid vehicles are more expensive than most other vehicles, they may not give you any savings over a conventional car, said Eric Evarts, associate autos editor with Consumer Reports.

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF, both released in December, are the most recent additions to the mainstream electric car market.  Both have gasoline engines, but only to supplement their electric motors.  Drivers plug them in to recharge their batteries while they're parked.

The Chevy Volt car has a base price of $40,280, while the Nissan LEAF can cost from $32,780 to $33,720, according to  Chevrolet's website touts a $32,780 price after a maximum $7,500 federal tax credit.  Similarly, Nissan says you'll pay $25,280 after those tax savings.

"They're not going to save money buying these cars," Evarts said about drivers who may purchase these two latest electric vehicles.  "With gas and electricity expenses as they are, you're not going to pay them off any time soon."

General Motors, parent company of Chevrolet, announced this week that it sold just 281 Volt cars in February, down from 321 in January.  Nissan sold 67 LEAF cars in February, down from 87 in January.  In December, Nissan sold 19 LEAF vehicles while GM sold 326 Volts.

Evarts said one reason these electric cars are not flying out of showrooms just yet is that there are less expensive cars, similar in size to the Volt and LEAF, that have good fuel efficiency.  He points to the Toyota Prius, a hybrid vehicle, as a possible fit for drivers with longer commutes.

"The Prius has more cargo, is likely more reliable with better mileage than the Volt on gas," said Everts, "and it costs half as much." 

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Nissan Dealerships to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | Nissan North America(FRANKLIN, TN) -- Select Nissan dealerships across the country will soon be among the first in the nation to add electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to dealership operations. 

This new feature will be available for new owners of the Nissan LEAF, which is set to roll out in select U.S. markets beginning in December.  Nissan is preparing to open EV charging stations at more than 150 dealerships in target markets in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Tennessee by January 2011.

"We're proud to have strong partners in our dealer group who, like Nissan, are investing in affordable, sustainable mobility," said Brian Carolin, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nissan North America. 

Twenty thousand U.S. consumers have already reserved the Nissan LEAF since reservations opened April 20.

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2010: The Year the Electric Car Becomes a Reality?

Photo Courtesy - Nissan Motor Co(NEW YORK) -- This fall marks the beginning of the largest rollout of electric cars and the infrastructure to support them in U.S. history.

More than 20,000 charging stations across the nation will be deployed, and that's just the beginning. If all goes as planned, American households will be transformed into gas stations of the future, electric car corridors will connect major cities, and electric car-sharing programs will sprout up in cities across the nation.

Within a few years, every major automobile manufacturer will release a version of an electric car.

Mark Perry, director of product planning for the Nissan Leaf, an all-electric, zero-emission car just given a Popular Mechanics "breakthrough award," spoke to ABC News.  He said, "Fifty thousand units of the Nissan Leaf will be mass produced the first year.  If you want to make a difference in oil demand and carbon emissions, you have to make a lot of cars."

The Nissan Leaf goes on sale in December with a price tag of roughly $25,000 after federal rebates. It is billed as the first electric car to be priced competitively with standard vehicles.

The Leaf will seat five. It comes with a battery warranty for eight years and 100,000 miles, and the ability to save you $2,000 a year on gas, assuming you travel 15,000 miles and get 25 miles per gallon.  It travels 100 miles per charge, which might be fine for the average consumer, since 80 percent travel less than 50 miles per day.

The U.S. Department of Energy has allocated $400 million to electrify the transportation sector. It will help build an electric car infrastructure that will allow people to charge their electric cars as they travel. Within the next few years, some areas of the country will have more electric car charging stations than gas stations.

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