Despite its miniscule fleet in the United States, the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle has been named the top green vehicle of 2011 by Kelley Blue Book because of its “ground-breaking combination of range, room and price.”
The Chevy Volt, an electric car with a range-extending gas engine finished second in the voting by the renowned car guide.
Kelley Blue Book labeled the Leaf as “the first electric car for the masses.”
Here’s a list of the top 10 electric cars of 2011, according to Kelly Blue Book:
1. 2011 Nissan Leaf: 99 miles per gallon equivalent
2. 2011 Chevy Volt: 93 miles per gallon equivalent
3. 2011 Toyota Prius: 50 miles per gallon (51 city, 48 highway)
4. 2011 Lexus CT 200h: 42 miles per gallon (43 city, 40 highway)
5. 2011 Honda Insight: 41 miles per gallon (40 city/43 highway)
6. 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 39 miles per gallon (41 city/36 highway)
7. 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI: 34 miles per gallon (30 city/42 highway)
8. 2011 Hyundai Elantra: 33 miles per gallon (29 city, 40 highway)
9. 2012 Fiat 500: 33 miles per gallon (30 city/38 highway)
10. 2012 Ford Focus: 31 miles per gallon (28 city/38 highway)
Article Last Updated: April 13, 2011.
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