Lowest emissions cars doesn't mean no fun!

Just because you want to go low emission and do your bit for planet earth doesn't mean you have to skimp on fun. Perhaps the lowest emissions of all cars, the Nissan Leaf, is an absolute joy to drive - there's a reason it picked up World and European Car of the Year awards in 2011.

The Nissan Leaf is the world's first mass produced electric car that gives enough reliability and performance to actually be considered a worthy competitor to the traditional family car. It has just gone on sale in Europe, and is beginning to capture the hearts and minds of drivers everywhere.

Nissan make some big claims about the Leaf. They claim an average driver will get 117 kilometres (73 mi) from a single charge, with a combined fuel economy at at 99 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent.

The Leaf currently retails at £28,350 and around €35,000 in the Eurozone, which may seem a little expensive at first glance. However, when you look a little closer you soon realise the outstanding value at the heart of the Leaf.

To do the full 117 kilometres from a single charge in the Leaf will cost you around £2. The equivalent in petrol would likely set you back around £10. This kind of economy will soon add up, leaving you much fatter in the wallet in no time. It truly is the car that pays for itself.

Currently, the only way to charge the car is overnight through the mains. However, charging stations will soon be launched around the UK, allowing you to plug the car in and get a full charge quite quickly.

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