Once again, it looks like it’s going to be a tight race for the annual Green Car of the Year Award. While 2016 saw the Chevrolet Volt take home the prize, five new finalists have been chosen by Green Car Journal, each one hoping to add the prestigious award to their trophy case. The finalists are as follows:
- BMW 330e iPerformance: Putting to use a turbocharged inline-four and an electric motor, the plug-in 330e produces 248 horsepower (184 kilowatts) and returns as much as 71 MPGe when driving solely on battery power.
- Chevrolet Bolt: Hoping to find the same success as its sedan sibling, the Chevrolet Bolt brings to the table 238 miles of pure electric range.
- Chrysler Pacifica: It’s the first time in a long time that a minivan has been up for this prestigious award. The Pacifica introduces a range of engine options, most notably the plug-in hybrid trim with 80 MPGe efficiency.
- Kia Optima: The Optima’s new design, while sleek, isn’t the only new feature for Kia’s best-selling sedan. Introducing a range of efficient engines and a plug-in hybrid that allows up to 27 miles (43 kilometers) of pure electric driving warrant the nomination.
- Toyota Prius Prime: The evolution of the original Prius, the new Prius Prime introduces 22 miles (35 kilometers) of pure electric range on a single charge.
The winner of the award will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17th, along with a few “other green transportation announcements,” as stated in the release. On hand for judging will be noted celebrity enthusiast Jay Leno, as well as a number of environmental leaders and efficiency organizations.
Alongside the winner of the 2017 Green Car of the Year award, finalists for the Washington Auto Show Green Car awards including Green SUV of the Year, Connected Green Car of the Year, and Luxury Green Car of the Year will be also be announced.
Source: Green Car Journal