2011 Nissan LEAF First 100% EV to receive IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

Posted on 17 July 2011 by Tony Santos

Nissan LEAF IIHS Crash

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2011 Nissan LEAF with its Top Safety Pick rating making it the very first all-electric-vehicle to earn the award from IIHS.

The 2011 Nissan LEAF was the first 100% electric vehicle to be tested by the IIHS and outstandingly achieved the Institute’s highest rating of “Good” in front, rear and side impact protection as well as being equipped with electronic stability control and earn a good rating in roof strength. This award further confirms Nissan’s long standing commitment to safety and innovation.

Power for the 2011 Nissan LEAF comes from a 80kW AC synchronous motor producing 107 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The motor is fueled by 24 kWh lithium-ion battery set which enables it to run for 100 miles in a single charge. Mated to a 1-speed direct-drive transmission, it can sprints from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds with its curb weight of 3,366 lbs. It has a top speed of 90 mph and has a fuel economy of 106/92 mpg (city/highway) combined to 99 mpg. Prices starts at $32,780.

Along with Nissan Leaf, its top competitor; the 2011 Chevrolet Volt also got the IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

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