By Karen Ostlund
The 5 finalists for 2015 Green Car of the Year:: Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and Volkswagen Golf were additionally honored with Green Car Journal's 2015 Green Car Product of Excellence™.
|BMW i3 2015 Green Car at LA Auto-show|
The award was announced at the LA Auto Show and accepted by Jacob Harb, Head of Electrical Sales & Strategy for BMW. Green Car of the Year® finalists also included the Audi A3 TDI, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf.
The Green Car of the Year® award is an honor widely recognized as the auto industry's most important environmental accolade. Green Car Journal the leading voice in the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment.
The publication's launched in 1992, and celebrated the high-profile award's 10th anniversary at the L.A. Auto Show this year.
|BMW- i3-2015 interior|
The i3 is designed as a battery electric car, its optional REx gasoline engine-generator enables extended driving range with electricity created on board easing potential range anxiety.
"Unlike other manufacturers that build vehicles and then create advanced powertrains to go in them, BMW rethought the whole process of building a car from the ground-up, using new materials and techniques," said noted TV personality and avid car collector Jay Leno, pointing out one of many strengths the i3 had going into the competition. Jay Leno has been one of Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year® jurors since the award program launched in 2005.
|BMW i3-2015 backside view|
The nominees were narrowed down to five finalists that significantly raised the bar in environmental performance. Vehicles to be considered finalists must be all-new, or in the early stages of their model life-cycle, and be on sale by January 1 2015.