Volt and Leaf Fail to Topple Honda Civic GX From Green Book List

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington-based nonprofit group financed by foundations, electric utilities and state and federal agencies, released its annual list of the 12 greenest vehicles of the model year on Tuesday. With five models having displaced 2010 honorees, this year’s list differs markedly from last year’s group.

With the Nissan Leaf electric car and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid now being delivered in the United States, one would think they would duke it out on the group’s list for top honors, too. Not so.
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Driving the Nissan Leaf Electric Car Reveals Range Variability

Test-driving a preproduction version of the Nissan Leaf electric car here this week, I was reminded of the old story about the guy who installed so many fuel-saving devices on his car that when he started it up and drove away, his gas tank overflowed.

After a 12-mile test drive, the Leaf wound up with 98 miles showing on its range indicator than it had when I started. I began with a range of 97.
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