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Nissan Leaf Named Kelley Blue Book Green Car of 2011

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.

Although there about 20,000 active reservations in the U.S. for the Nissan Leaf, less than 500 have been delivered via mechanical issues or the recent earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.Nissan Leaf Named Kelley Blue Book Green Car of 2011 1

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)

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