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The Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle has won Green Car of the Year, beating out the pure-electric Nissan Leaf, hours after General Motors returned to the stock market.

The award, decided by judges that include environmental enthusiasts and Green Car Journal editors, comes the same week as the Volt won MotorTrend Car of the Year and Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year.

Other finalists for the award were the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

The Leaf on Tuesday was named GreenCarReports' Best Car to Buy for 2011.



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2011 Chevy Volt wins Green Car of the Year title in LA

by Sebastian Blanco (RSS feed) on Nov 18th 2010 at 2:00PM


Joel Ewanick, VP, U.S. Marketing for General Motors, and the Chevy Volt with the Green Car of the Year Award

The Chevrolet Volt drove off with the 2011 Green Car of the Year Award at the LA Auto Show this morning, beating out tough competition from the Nissan Leaf and ending a two-year diesel powertrain reign (at the 2008 show, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI was named the winner; last year, the Audi A3 TDI won). The other finalists for this year's award, given out by Green Car Journal, included the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid , Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Ford Fiesta.

The Natural Resources Defense Council's Roland Hwang said during the ceremony that "the environment means business." To be globally competitive, automakers need highly-efficient vehicles to compete and, "what this means is that green vehicles are going to go mainstream." The Green Car of the Year award embodies this change. When it was first given out in 2006, it was sort of tacked on at the end of the LA Auto Show. Today, as it was in '09, the ceremony was a highlight of the show.

Last year, Green Car Journal editor Ron Cogan made a point to mention the five vehicles up for consideration were notable because they were mainstream vehicles that were already available. This year, only three of the candidates are currently on dealer lots. With the high tech involved in the Leaf and Volt, though, we're okay with the slight delay in availability.

If you were rooting for the Leaf, don't worry too much. Today, that car won the Green Car of the Year title from TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk over in the UK. Still, in the U.S., the Green Car Journal award is the big one, and we want to know if the Volt claiming the first Green Car of the Year award of the electric era – and if there's one message we're heard here in LA this year, it's that we're really in the electric era now – make sense to you. Let us know in the comments below.



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Surprised the Leaf didn't get one of these awards..I thought the press would have been drooling over it for it's all electric nature.


GM has better PR than Nissan?


Nissan folks could not make it to the ceremony collect the award. They would have had to leave a month early to make it from Nashville. It would have even taken more than a day or two for the design guys in San Deigo to make it to LA. I suppose they could have gone to the dealer and got a loaner. :rolleyes:

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Chevrolet Volt aces Green Car of Year in award triple play

08:16 AM

What a week it's been for the Chevrolet Volt. Ironically, Chevy execs may need a Tahoe to cart home from Los Angeles the awards won by their eco-friendly extended-range electric car.

The General Motors halo car finished the week winning the coveted Green Car of the Year annual award at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It came on the heels of Volt earlier in the week winning Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine and Automobile of the year by Automobile magazine.

Volt beat Nissan Leaf, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for the award sponsored by the Green Car Journal and greencar.com.

The Green Car Journal, in making the award, cited Volt's "revolutionary Voltec propulsion system is capable of delivering 25 to 50 miles of all-electric driving on a single charge before a gasoline-powered on-board generator provides electricity to power the wheels for an additional 300 miles. This ability to allow extended electric drive range after the car's batteries are exhausted is an important element that helps address the 'range anxiety' that some fear with battery-powered electric cars."

Judge for the award were Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society, and Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA, 'Tonight Show' host jay Leno and auto icon Carroll Shelby, as well as Green Car editors.

The journal editors noted that the Volt and Leaf among finalists that a new chapter in "green" cars -- mass-production electric vehicles for the consumer market, writing: " The electric vehicles that were test marketed in the 1990s tantalized us, but were without a solid business case. What a difference a decade makes. Now, Chevrolet has stepped up with an all-encompassing package in its Volt extended range electric car."

Fred Meier/Drive On



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