Chevrolet Volt Named Winner of Green Car Journal's 2016 Green Car of the Year
Finalists included the Audi A3 e-tron, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata & Toyota Prius.
By Karen Ostlund at LA Auto Show (last day open November 29th, LAAutoShow.com)
|Downtown Los Angeles at La Auto Show convention center, winner Chevrolet Volt press conference prior to Green Car Journal Award|
Green Car Journal editors point out that the 2016 Volt has improved in virtually every way, with a sleek and sporty design, more energy-dense batteries, new electric motors, and quicker acceleration. It features a more efficient 1.5-liter engine-generator that creates on-board electricity to power the Volt's motors for a total 420 miles. Among its most important achievements is an increase to 53 miles of driving exclusively on batteries.
|(L) Ron Cogan, Editor of Green Car Journal & Steve Majoros for Chevrolet|
"This is the first time in Green Car of the Year® history that a vehicle has won the award in two succeeding model generations," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "Considering all the brands and models evaluated in the award program, that's quite a statement. The Chevrolet Volt was a standout when it won 2011 Green Car of the Year® and continues in that role today as the 2016 Green Car of the Year®."
The Green Car of the Year® award is an honor widely recognized as the auto industry's most important environmental accolade. Green Car Journal has been the leading voice in the intersection of automobiles, energy, and the environment since the publication's launch in 1992.
|Finalist Audi A3 e-tron 2016|
The Green Car of the Year® is selected through a majority vote by an esteemed jury that includes celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno, plus leaders of noted environmental and efficiency organizations including Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA; Dr. Alan Lloyd, President Emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation; Mindy Lubber, President of CERES; and Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy.
|Finalist Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2016|
|Finalist Honda Civic 2016|
During the award's vetting process, Green Car Journal editors consider all vehicles, fuels, and technologies as an expansive field of potential candidates is narrowed down to a final five. Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Many factors are considered including efficiency, EPA and CARB emissions certification, performance characteristics, 'newness,' and affordability. Availability to the mass market is important to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January of the award year.
Last year, the Green Car of the Year winner® was the BMW i3.
About Green Car of the Year®The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. The magazine's CarsOfChange.com site presents 'green car' articles online along with a focus on connectivity. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.
|Finalist Toyota Prius 2016|