The 2019 Nissan Leaf won one of Australia’s most coveted car award on Friday, taking home the ‘Green Innovation’ award handed out in Drive Car of the Year’s yearly accolades for its innovative vehicle-to-grid technology (V2G).
The award adds to a growing collection for Japanese carmaker’s new generation Leaf, having won among others the title of “2018 World Green Car” at this year’s New York International Auto Show.
The ‘Green Innovation’ award, however, is a milestone for Nissan in gaining recognition for its popular EV in Australia, being the first major award in Australia won by the Leaf.
The new Leaf offers boosted range, adding a 40kWh battery to allow it to drive up to 270km from fully charged, and will for the first time offer vehicle-to-grid options, meaning consumers can use their car to help power their home.
It has an impressive amount of torque, with 100kW of power delivering 320Nm torque to accelerate from 0-100km/hr in just over 7 seconds.
It also features the innovative e-pedal technology which allows the driver to control the cars speed – accelerating, braking and maintaining speed – using just one pedal.
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Bridie Schmidt is staff writer for www.TheDriven.io, and RenewEconomy.com.au. She specialises in writing about new technology, as well as using her technical skills in managing our websites.