Washington, D.C. – The Nissan Leaf electric car has been named Green Car Journal’s 2010 Green Car Vision Award winner at The Washington Auto Show. The innovative Leaf is scheduled to go on sale later this year.

Along with the Leaf, this year’s Green Car Vision Award nominees included the Coda electric sedan, Ford Focus BEV electric car, Mercedes-Benz F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and Toyota Prius PHV plug-in hybrid. Each of these nominees, in its own way, presents a strong vision for the future of the automobile.

“Nissan’s move to offer a stylish battery electric vehicle as part of its model line is significant,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. “This coming electric model will provide the features, the styling, and the driving experience that will meet the needs of a sophisticated and demanding market, while producing zero localized emissions and requiring no petroleum fuels.”

To be considered for the Green Car Vision Award, vehicles must be in their early stages of commercialization but not yet on sale, in small volume production with more than one functional prototype in existence, or operating as part of a demonstration fleet. A nominee may be an all-new model or an advanced adaptation of an existing model, such as a conversion to another type of power like electric drive.

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