We expect to see more of this through the upcoming auto show season: Both the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt have received significan honors from the automotive industry at the end of last year.
The Nissan Leaf won the 2011 European Car of the Year award, beating more than 40 other vehicles and marking the first time the award went to an electric vehicle. The Chevrolet Volt won 2011 Green Car of the Year, topping the other four finalists: Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and Nissan LEAF.
Of the two, the Leaf's win is perhaps more impressive, since it was in competition with all other vehicles, and not just for a green vehicle award. In any case, it is clear that the automotive field has started to shift, and gasoline engines are no longer the sole player in the transportation game (nor even internal combustion engines). Electric propulsion has arrived, and is going to continue to expand over the coming years.
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