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The race is on for the all-electric crown. The 2012 Leaf is Nissan's entry into this new automotive category. It follows hot on the heels of the Chevrolet Volt, which debuted in September.

The race is on for the all-electric crown. The 2012 Leaf is Nissan's entry into this new automotive category. It follows hot on the heels of the Chevrolet Volt, which debuted in September.

The Leaf has a claimed range of 160 kilometres, about double that of the Volt. The Volt however, also has a gasoline engine as a back-up, which should allay fears of motorists of running out of juice when out for a drive.

But the payback is never having to step foot into a gas station ever again. Nissan claims it only costs $300 of household electricity to drive 20,000 kilometres a year.

Initially Nissan will restrict sales of the Leaf, which starts at $38,395, to qualified buyers who live within 65 kilometres of an authorized Leaf dealership.

Buyers in Ontario and Quebec are eligible for rebates of up to $8,500 but there are no plans for a similar incentive in B.C.

Read the full story in today's print version of the Times Colonist or here.

Pedro the Car Guy: parrais@timescolonist.com.