It's the first time in the awards history that a pure electric car has captured the title.

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF was just awarded the "2018 World Green Car" title at the New York Auto Show.

With this win, the LEAF becomes the first battery-electric to take home the prize.

The three finalists for the award were:

  1. BMW 530e iPerformance
  2. Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  3. Nissan LEAF
Upon receiving the award, Nissan's Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, Zero Emission Vehicle and Battery Business, stated:

"We're very proud that since Nissan LEAF launched in 2010, we've been able to put more than 300,000 zero-emission electric vehicles on the road worldwide, helping to reduce carbon footprints around the globe. We're honored to be recognized by this esteemed jury and proud to continue to expand the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility."

The previous-generation LEAF was named "World Car of the Year" in 2011 and 'til this day remains the only pure electric vehicle to win that award in its 14-year history.

Last year, the Toyota Prius Prime took home the award. And in 2016, the inaugural year for the award, the Toyota Mirai captured the win.

More info in the press blast below:

All-new 2018 Nissan LEAF named ‘2018 World Green Car of the Year’

All-new 2018 Nissan LEAF named "2018 World Green Car" by the World Car Awards

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Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to win award since category was created

NEW YORK – The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling electric vehicle, was named the "2018 World Green Car" at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

The first all-electric vehicle to win the World Green Car award since the category's inception in 2016, the 2018 Nissan LEAF has been reinvented for its second generation. Available in showrooms today, the new Nissan LEAF combines greater range1 with a dynamic new design and the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility features including ProPILOT Assist, e-Pedal, automatic emergency braking and more.

"We're very proud that since Nissan LEAF launched in 2010, we've been able to put more than 300,000 zero-emission electric vehicles on the road worldwide, helping to reduce carbon footprints around the globe," said Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, Zero Emission Vehicle and Battery Business; Chairman of Management Committee for Japan/A&O (Japan, Asia, Oceania Business); Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.,. "We're honored to be recognized by this esteemed jury and proud to continue to expand the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility."

The 2018 Nissan LEAF rose to the top among a list of five initial category entries and was the stand-alone EV in the running. Jurors considered the vehicle's overall environmental impact including tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption upon selecting the overall winner.

The previous-generation Nissan LEAF was named "World Car of the Year" in 2011 and remains the only pure electric vehicle to win that award in its 14-year history.