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2016 AutoVolt Awards Winners: Nissan 30kWh Leaf and e-NV200 Van

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18 July 2016

Nissan Leaf 30kWh and e-NV200 Awarded

  • The Nissan Leaf 30kWh won the Small Electric category.
  • The Nissan e-NV200 van won the Van Electric category, for the second year running.

The Nissan Leaf 30kWh was praised for its updates to the original model that help keep the car current and push it ahead of its closest rival. It’s price and real world availability, as well as decent dealer support easily put it into the top spot for the Small Electric car category.
The e-NV200 van was praised for its class leading payload and drivability. Its Nissan Leaf powertrain provides a relaxing yet responsive ride and the practical interior is unhindered from the petrol/diesel NV200.

Jonathan commented: “There’s no question that the Nissan Leaf is the default electric car. Sales have exceeded rivals’ with good reason. Nissan’s brave and pioneering approach to electric cars is commendable and extends to their dealer network that, in my experience, has been both welcoming and knowledgeable. We have no trouble in recommending the Leaf to anyone who’s remotely interested in electric cars, as it is so easy to live with, dependable and good to drive.

“The e-NV200 looks like an ordinary van and it is, but it’s more fun to drive and, with the government’s plug-in van grant of 20% up to £8,000, it makes real financial sense too.”

AutoVolt Electric and Hybrid Awards 2016

  • The awards celebrate electrified and ultra-low emission vehicles.
  • Ten category winners, from city to super cars, plus an overall winner.

AutoVolt’s annual Electric and Hybrid Awards offer a unique rating of the fast growing electrified vehicle market.

The prestigious awards are the only ones in the UK to focus solely on battery- electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and, for the first time, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

This year’s awards were the most difficult yet for the team of judges, who were presented with an enormous increase in number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) to choose from.

Judges were impressed by the high quality of vehicles and the significant savings they represent, in tax and fuel economy, to the consumer. Vehicles were judged on their quality, value for money, lifetime cost of ownership, equipment, drivability and, more subjectively, appearance.

The winners from the ten categories consist of four electric vehicles, four plug-in hybrids, a hybrid and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, demonstrating the huge diversity now available as alternatives to petrol and diesel.

Jonathan Musk, founder and editor of AutoVolt, said: “Every car we looked at was worthy of winning its class. There was no bad egg. The final decision was painstakingly arrived at after much deliberation because the quality of vehicles was so high. There is now an electrified vehicle to suit everyone, whereas just last year the choice was much more limited. This shows the progress being made in the industry today and that consumers are switching on to the tax and fuel savings that can be had from a ULEV.”

The awards are included in the latest issue of AutoVolt (Jul-Aug 2016), alongside a new column by renowned EV enthusiast and celebrity, Robert Llewellyn and other news and articles relating to electric and hybrid vehicles.
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AutoVolt is the UK’s leading UK consumer magazine dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles. Founded in 2013, the bi-monthly magazine showcases the electrified automotive world and makes it easily understood and accessible to a consumer audience.

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