Chevrolet Volt First Electric Car to Win 2011 Green Car of the Year Award
Chevrolet Volt beats out Nissan Leaf and hybrid cars as Green Car of the Year at LA Auto Show
The Chevrolet Volt became the first all electric car to win the 2011 Green Car of the Year Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The Chevrolet Volt snatched the prize away from several tough competitors at a ceremony that put the spotlight on global competition among automakers to produce environmentally sound vehicles.
The Chevrolet Volt stood out amidst an array of hybrid, low emission and electric car contestants. Competitors this year included the Ford Fiesta, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The last two winners of the award were diesel powertrain vehicles, so the Chevrolet Volt electric car is truly making news with its extended driving range and emission free features. With the US struggling to keep its commitment to reduce carbon emissions, the kind of technological advances embodied in the Chevrolet Volt are essential to making progress on environmental improvements.
The auto’s Voltec propulsion system delivers from 25 up to 50 miles on a single charge, and then a gasoline-powered generator on board provides electricity to power the electric car for an additional 300 miles. While consumers may not yet find the Chevrolet Volt sitting on dealer lots in large quantities, the vehicle can be ordered online and will be available at the start of 2011.
The judges for the Green Car of the Year Award include automotive enthusiast Jay Leno of the “Tonight Show” and Carroll Shelby, former race car driver and auto designer, along with leaders of several top US environmental organizations. As the Chevrolet Volt moves the electric car forward from visionary design to mainstream status, consumer adoption of the new model will be the real key to its success. With large companies like GE choosing to purchase electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt for their fleets, a better environment may be just around the corner.