Just in time for Earth Day, the all-electric zero-emission Nissan LEAF has been deemed the 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show on Friday. It’s the first electric car to win this award in its seven-year history.The World Car of the Year award winners are chosen and voted on by a jury of 66 prominent automotive journalists from 24 different countries. The car, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery, can zip you along for 100 miles before it needs to be recharged. The LEAF can reach up to 80 percent of its fully charged capacity in just 30 minutes with a quick-charge port.Nissan Chairman and CEO Carols Ghosn thinks electric vehicles will make up 10 percent of the global auto market by 2020. The car has a list price of about $33,000, but you get a nice federal tax credit of $7,500, which brings the price down to about $25,000.Earlier this week we saw proof that electric cars aren’t as boring as some may think, and can actually put the pedal to the metal with a racing version of the LEAF. The LEAF NISMO RC can do 0 to 60mph in 6.86 seconds, and can reach speedups up to 93mph for about 20 minutes before it runs out of juice. Though it’s not going to win any Daytona 500 races, Nissan wanted to challenge the general bad rap electric cars get.The LEAF wasn’t the only electric car that got noticed at this year’s Auto Show, though. Had the Chevrolet Volt been eligible for the World Car Award, it may have taken first place. To be eligible, the car has to be available for sale on at least two continents between Jan. 1, 2010, and May 20, 2011. The Volt is only available in the U.S. and will be available in Europe and Asia later this year. However, it did win the Green Car of the Year award.via CNN Money
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