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Nissan LEAF named ‘Best Electric Car’ at 2018 What Car? Awards

  • Nissan xStorage also ‘Commended’ in the ‘Technology Award’ category


London, UK (January 23, 2018) – The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF has been named ‘Best Electric Car’ at the 2018 What Car? Awards, just as the world’s best-selling zero emission vehicle is being launched to European media at the ‘Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience’, in Tenerife, Spain.


What Car? are one of the most widely-recognised and respected awards amongst car buyers in Europe. They are also one of the UK’s biggest car-buying media brands, widely regarded as a trusted source for new car advice.


Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, praised the award-winning model, saying; “The electric car market has never been more competitive, yet the LEAF saw off all its rivals because it makes the most sense to most buyers. It combines excellent performance with generous standard equipment and low running costs. And even in winter weather, its real-world range is good.”


The EV market in the UK is growing and now accounts for around a fifth of LEAF sales in Europe. At the recent Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience, Nissan also revealed that just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, it has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in Europe.


Nissan’s xStorage was also ‘Commended’ in the ‘Technology Award’ category, an accolade which recognises innovative new technology developments. Nissan’s xStorage system uses recycled batteries from electric vehicles, allowing you to store power when prices fall, and even sell excess power from your Leaf back to the energy grid.


Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe, commented: “The new Nissan LEAF is the most advanced and accessible 100% electric vehicle on the planet. We’re delighted to receive such an accolade from the prestigious automotive brand, What Car?. This is a car that is more enjoyable, more connected and more exciting to drive than any other mainstream electric vehicle in history. It is simply amazing.”


The all-new LEAF offers a significant update over the previous model with dynamic new styling, advanced technologies and a higher capacity drivetrain which delivers significant increases in both range and power.


The 2018 LEAF is also the first Nissan model in Europe to feature Nissan’s autonomous ProPILOT technology as well as e-Pedal, which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop – simply by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.


Customer deliveries of New Leaf will commence progressively across Europe from early February 2018.


About Nissan LEAF:


The new Nissan LEAF is the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility a consumer proposition that encompasses three main pillars:

  • Intelligent Power, which is brought to life through the LEAF’s advanced new 40kWh e-powertrain, with improved energy efficiency, increased torque and power output for more exciting driving.
  • Intelligent Driving, which is technology designed to improve driving confidence, enhance safety and reduce stress.
  • Intelligent Integration, the linking of the car to wider society via connectivity and to energy grids via unique bi-directional charging technology.


Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the LEAF is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them.


For more information or to reserve a New Nissan LEAF today, visit:


The Nissan LEAF has won a total of 114 awards across the globe. Highlights include:


Award Name

Publication or Awards   Organization

2018 Best Electric Car

What Car?

2017 Auto Test Green Car Award

Auto Test

2017 City Car of the Year

Top Gear Lietuva Awards

2017 Driver Power Survey - Best   Green Car Overall

Auto Express

2017 Best Fleet Value in America   - EV/Plug-In/Hybrid


2016 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l'année

L'Automobile   & L'Entreprise   Magazine

2016 Green Innovation Award

Autó Pult 2016 Awards

2017 Green Gold Award


2015 Best Alternative Fuel Car of   the Year Award 2015

2016 EV Innovation Award


2016 Automotive Loyalty Award

IHS Automotive

2015 Codacons Superprodotto   dell'Anno


2014 Canadian Green Car Award -   Battery Electric

Canadian Green Car Automotive Jury

2014 Ecocar


2014 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l'année

L'Automobile & L'Entreprise   Magazine

2014 Most Loved Vehicle: Small   Alternative Car

Strategic Vision

2014 Best All-Around Performance   Award

Automotive Science Group

2013 Recommends   Award

2014 Green Vehicle of the Year


2014 Grand Prix Auto   Environnement MAAF


2013 Editors' Choice Best Green   Car

2014 Green Gold Award


2014 Eco Car of the Year

Car of the Year in Latvia 2014

2013 Sweden Electric Car of the   Year


2013 Environment Award


2013 Green Car of the Year

2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick

IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway   Safety)

2013 Electric Family Car of the   Year

VAB - Flemish Automobile Club

2012 Electric Car of The Year

AMPER exhibition jury

2012 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l'année

l’Automobile et l’entreprise Magazine

2012 Readers' Choice Best Green   Car

2012 The Best EV

Car Plus Magazine

2012 Green Award of the Year

Autocar Asean Car of The Year 2012

2011 VROOMIE Award - Best   Electric Car of the Year

Vroom Girls

2012 Most Ideal Hybrid/EV   Car


2011-2012 Japan Car of the Year

Car of the year Japan

2012 RJC Car of the Year


2011 Annual Technology Award and Auto Magazine

2011 Gold Award for Innovation

Croatian Car of the Year

2011 Car of the Year

Top Gear (Hong Kong)

2011 Green Steering Wheel Award

Auto świat (Axel Springer Poland)

2011 Portugal Car of the Year

Volante Verde (Green Driving wheel)

2011 Auto Express Special Award

Auto Express

2011 Green Car Website Green Car   of the Year

Green Car Website

2011 Eco Car of the Year

2011 Popular Mechanics'   Breakthrough Award

Popular Mechanics

2011 Ward's 10 Best Engines

Ward's AutoWorld

2011 World Car of the Year

World Car Awards

2010 China Green Car of The Year

Motor Trend

2010 Green Family Car Award

National Business Daily

2011 Ecobest   Award

Auto Best Organization

2011 European Car of the Year


2011 Ultra Low Carbon Award

What Car?



Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 640,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline and this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

Special Announcements, Awards, LEAF