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Published on June 10th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Nissan Leaf Disses Chevy Volt in New Commercial {VIDEO}

June 10th, 2011 by  

If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s a pretty funny video by the folks at Nissan. Of course, the focus of the commercial is that the Nissan Leaf is 100% electric, pure (while the Chevy Volt, it’s main competitor, is not).

Now, I am far from an expert on Electric Vehicles (EVs), so my initial reaction is to wonder what the advantages and disadvantages of each are and to check in with my friends over on Gas2 about that.

They actually covered this commercial and added their 2 cents a few days ago (good clean car bloggers that they are).

Christopher DeMorro drops GM’s response to the commercial: “A carmaker poking gentle fun at our product ignores towtrucks they need and rental cars they recommend as backup to their product.” And notes that he fully agrees: “SLAM! So, while I really like the commercial, I think Laird’s response was spot on. Let’s call this one a wash.”

I’ll admit, if you haven’t figured out by now, I’m a bit of a purist. I say, push for the best, not the compromise; others may want to take it slow, but I want to evolve fast; and so on. In the case of EVs, there are still two significant issues, though. 1) Limited range is still a critical factor for many, as Chris & GM point out. 2) Electricity, in most places, is still powered by fossil fuels. (So, while an electric vehicle may be better than a non-electric, none of them compare to a bicycle or mass transit yet.)

Anyway, a fun video and a little discussion I don’t get into that often. Feel free to drop some comments, criticisms, musings below! (As I said, I’m far from an expert on this subject and could be making a massive blunder.)

More transportation stories on CleanTechnica:

  1. 2 Miles of Solar Panels Now Cover High-Speed Rail Tunnel on Amsterdam-Paris Line {VIDEO}
  2. Energy Use of Different Modes of Transport {Infographic}
  3. Light Rail for Dummies {INFOGRAPHIC}
  4. Nissan Leaf Polar Bear Commercial [VIDEO]

Image: screenshot of video via Gas2 


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