EV enthusiasts and environmentally conscious consumers will be delighted to hear that the vote is finally in on the Green Car of the Year. And the winner is …………… the 2011 Chevy Volt! The title was accorded to the EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show to prove that despite being in a market that has numerous innovative vehicles and concept that embody many green aspects, the Volt is a cut above the rest. For the record, this is the first EV to win this title.
The award is the result of an initiative by Green Car Journal to bring the world’s attention to the environmental progress that is happening in the auto industry. The jury that adjudged the Volt the winner had six environmental and automotive experts accompanied by Green Car Journal editors. The other five finalists competing for the title with the Volt were the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and Nissan LEAF.
Most people will agree that the main factor working for the Volt is its Voltec propulsion system, which put it far ahead of the competition in the EV market. Being easily available on the market is another thing that would have worked in its favor. The Voltec system can take the car a total of 50 miles on the power of a single charge, after which a fuel-powered generator gets into action to take the vehicle on for another 300 miles.
Officials at GM are mighty pleased with this honor, and say that Chevrolet’s promise to deliver a practical electric vehicle has been fulfilled with the Volt. They say that the Volt is a transformational technology that will lead the industry into a new age of vehicle electrification.