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Which Electric Car Is More Popular? Chevy Volt Or Nissan Leaf

There is an on-going battle between 2 popular models of electric hybrid car, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. Both cars have received a fair share of good reviews but it is at the showroom where the battle matters. For a few months now, it appears that Nissan Leaf is leading the sales compared with Chevy Volt.
 
Nissan Leaf, which stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly and Affordable Family car, was launched in December 2010.   The Nissan Leaf electric is a zero-emission vehicle fitted with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.  It is a 5-doors hatchback with a range of around 150-180km on electric power and a top speed of 150km/h.  Within 2 years of its market launch,  some 20,000 models were sold in Japan and in the US, reflecting its increasing popularity.
 
The Nissan Leaf won the Japanese Car of the Year at the 2012 Tokyo Motor Show. It is first electric vehicle to win the prestigious award.
 
The Chevy Volt weighs in with a 50-80km range when driven on electric alone. Top speed is electronically limited to 160km/h.
 
In term of performance, there is not much difference between the two. What should really matters is the total cost of ownership. Chevy Volt retails at a slight higher price than Nissan Leaf. However, car buyers should also be mindful that the battery will need replacement at least once in the car's service life. The battery pack is currently one of the main cost driver for electric cars. With the economy of scale, the price will eventually drop. So the jury is out on which car is better. For moment, it seems that Nissan Leaf review is winning more hearts than Chevy Volt.
 
Things can only get better. Expect an all-electric car version of the popular Ford Focus to join the fray soon.
 
<Update July 2014>
Consumers are now really spoiled for choices. Hyundai will be launching its first hydrogen fuel-cell powered electric car this year. This will be closely followed by Toyota's FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) next year. Toyota's FCV sedan is expected to be launched in Japan in March 2015 with a price tag of around 7 million yen. A single charge of 3 minutes is claimed to provide a cruising range of 700km. Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle is the next hottest thing in environmentally friendly vehicles. Electricity is produced by the reaction between oxygen and hydrogen. The only other end product is water vapour. Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. American carmaker Tesla will be feeling the heat of competition having just launched their fully electric Model S. Tesla's Model S has a range of 480km on a charge of one hour.