Beating forty ‘traditional' combustion-engined cars to the crown, Nissan's LEAF, the world's first 100% electric family car has landed the scoop of the motoring decade in a seismic step-change for the motor industry. The award for the revolutionary LEAF, to be produced at Britain's biggest car factory in Sunderland from 2013, and hitting the roads in March 2011 signals a watershed moment for British motorists until now unsure about the viability of electric vehicle technology.
With a GBP5,000 Government incentive scheme for EVs starting in Jan 2011, a rapidly expanding charging infrastructure across the UK, and several mainstream manufacturers set to enter the electric fray next year, today's award could be the final signal the motor industry needs that the combustion engine is no longer the default choice for motorists, ending a 125 year reign of dominance
Today marks the first day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. High on the agenda will be alternative transport solutions to lessen worldwide CO2 emissionsThat's it. It fits with the narrative.
I see Mr North has noticed this fine win for Nissan