Everybody’s going green, and most of the forerunners of green technology are the ones that contributed the most to the current state of the world’s pollution in the first place – the car manufacturers. Nissan is no exception. But in an attempt to right the wrong, they’ve been pretty active in releasing cars that don’t affect the environment as much as they used to. The 2011 LEAF from the Japanese car manufacturer is 100% powered by a lithium-ion battery. Seating up to 5 people, the new LEAF can go up to an impressive 100 miles without using a single drop of gasoline. With a highly efficient electricity-powered motor, the LEAF generates up to 107 horsepower and 207 ft-lb of torque, making the car completely green without sacrificing any performance. The car can be charged up to 80% in just 30 minutes with a quick charge port; however it will take up to 8 hours to completely charge when done from a regular 220V outlet from home. The 2011 Nissan LEAF is already available in certain states in the US, but it will be released nationwide in the coming months. Expect other competitors to follow suit as well.
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