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2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

Sunday, 28 November, 2010 11:51 PM

Chevrolet Volt named 2011 Green Car of the Year at L.A. Auto Show

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The Green Car Journal has named the Chevrolet Volt as the 2011 Green Car of the Year.

by Jason Rzucidlo
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LOS ANGELES -- The Chevrolet Volt is the winner of the 2011 Green Car of the Year award. The announcement was made during a press conference on Nov. 18, the second media day at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Other finalists were the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Nissan LEAF. Nominees of the award must go on sale by Jan. 1 of the award year. The Volt is the first-ever electric vehicle to be given the award.

"In the end, the jurors felt the Volt was most deserving of the award," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal. "It raised the automotive bar in a more powerful way than any of the other nominees."

The Volt will deliver 25 to 50 miles of all-electric driving on a single charge. Then, an on-board gasoline generator will provide power to drive the vehicle for another 300 miles. It eliminates the idea of "range anxiety" or worrying about getting stranded when the battery runs out of power.

"I believe it was important that the Chevy Volt removes the range limitation that you have with electric vehicles," Cogan added. "The Nissan LEAF is a great vehicle. They've really made a commitment to step up and commercialize battery-electric cars, which I think is a great thing. People are often hesitant as they try new technology. What the Volt does is offer a certain amount of range on zero-emission electric power. Then, an internal combustion engine creates electricity to power the wheels. There's no limitation."

The Green Car of the Year jury is made up of six environmental and automotive experts along with five Green Car Journal editors. Jurors included Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope, Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, Ocean Futures Soceity President Jean-Mitchel Cousteau, Global Green USA President Matt Petersen, talk show host Jay Leno and automotive icon Carroll Shelby.

"This is a pretty tough year for Green Car of the Year," the editor and publisher explained. "There are many vehicles to select from the final five. Getting there was no easy thing. Each of those finalists has great merit whether it's the gasoline Ford Fiesta that gets 40 mpg or the Nissan LEAF that's all-electric, the Chevy Volt, our winner that gives you that additional range, the Lincoln MKZ hybrid, which they've priced at the same price the conventional one, which is a milestone for any automaker and the Sonata Hybrid, which is the first hybrid of that brand. They did an exceptional job."

The amount of votes for the Volt and the other finalises received were not released. However, we can confirm that the Volt received a large majority of the votes.

"We don't release how many votes, just a majority vote determines Green Car of the Year," Cogan said. "We're very confident about the decision and I think the Volt's going to make a big difference."

The award has been announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show since its inception in 2005. The L.A. Auto Show was the first major auto show to offer electric vehicles on display at the same time that they were available in dealers. The Volt and the LEAF are both hitting California dealer showrooms in December. Both EVs will be available across the country in the next six months to a year.

"The Green Car of the Year award validates the Chevrolet team's promise to deliver a practical electric vehicle," said Joel Ewanick, vice president of U.S. marketing for General Motors. "The Volt is a transformational technology that will lead our industry into a new age of vehicle electrification."

The Chevrolet Volt has won many awards including the 2011 Car and Driver Ten Best Cars, 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year and the 2011 Automobile of the Year (by Automobile Magazine). In addition, the Volt won the 2009 Green Car Vision Award and the 2009 Festival International Automobile award.

 

 

 

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The instrument panel on the Chevrolet Volt.

 

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GM's Tom Stephens charges the all-new Chevrolet Volt in front of the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

 

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