With skyrocketing gas prices and the annual Earth Day approaching, it’s no wonder consumers have been hearing all about the benefits of owning an electric car these days. The Chevy Volt is often the star of the news, however it’s time to make some room in the headlines for the Nissan Leaf, which was recently named the 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show. The Nissan Leaf is one of the best cars for bad credit, as less trips to the gas pump means more money to pay off a car loan. This electric model features a lithium-ion battery and can drive for upwards of 100 miles on a full charge, according to the automaker. “The Leaf is a gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan. It feels just like a normal car, only quieter,” said the auto show’s panel of judges. Not only does the car get great mileage, but its motor can achieve 108 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, which helped it emerge victorious even against luxury models like the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series.