The buzz about the Nissan Leaf is that it’s all-electric and delivers zero emissions. But don’t assume that this eco-friendly marvel will be boring and lethargic on the open road. While official stats from Nissan haven’t been released, John O’Dell of Green Car Advisor recently reported that the Leaf could sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a respectable seven seconds flat.
To put this number into perspective, the Chevrolet Volt can sprint from 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV takes nearly 12 seconds to reach 60 mph.
As for top speed, the official numbers haven’t been released. But, Mark Perry, Nissan’s director of product planning, confirmed that an undisclosed journalist, who recently drove the Leaf in Michigan, hit an impressive 94 miles per hour.
In addition to boasting more than reasonable performance, many journalists have been impressed by the Leaf’s overall driving dynamics. O’Dell even noted that the Leaf is “a delight on the highways and byways, is as quiet as a luxury car and pretty much lives up to Nissan’s claim to 100 miles of range.”
Sure the Leaf won’t keep up with the Tesla Roadster, which can sprint to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, but it appears to have more than enough power to keep up with the likes of the Prius and the Chevy Volt when it goes on sale.