Expanded Green Car Awards at 2015 Washington Auto Show

Expanded Green Car Awards at 2015 Washington Auto Show

Green Car Technology Award finalists include an array of technologies that make it possible for vehicle models of all types to achieve improved environmental performance. The finalists are the BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid Powertrain, BMW i3 REx Range Extender, Chevrolet CNG Bi-Fuel Powertrain, Ford F-150 Aluminum Body, Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Honda 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Engine, Kia Soul Electric Powertrain, Tesla Dual Motor AWD, Volvo Drive-E and the VW e-Golf Electric Powertrain. The Cadillac ELRês •Regen on Demandê system was honored as the Green Car Technology Award winner in 2014, and Mazdaês SKYACTIV technology won in 2013.

–Automakers are stepping up to meet the challenge of offering increasingly efficient, environmentally positive vehicles in all classes of vehicles,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publishers of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. –Their achievements in improving environmental impact in the popular SUV segment, an inclusive focus on aspirational vehicles and use of innovative green technologies deserve to be recognized.”

–As the central address where the auto industry meets public policy, the Washington Auto Show recognizes the critical role of sustainability in this sector and our role in promoting progress,” said Kevin Reilly, Auto Show chairman. –We are delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with the Green Car Journal in putting these issues front and center.”

Green SUV of the Year finalists are the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, Lexus NX 300h and Mazda CX-5. These crossovers and SUVs include hybrid, hydrogen, high efficiency gasoline and clean diesel models.

Finalists for Luxury Green Car of the Year are the Audi A8 TDI, BMW i8, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and Tesla Model S. The field includes clean diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric aspirational vehicles that achieve improved environmental performance in distinctly different ways. The 2015 Washington Auto Show will host an expanded Green Car Awards program that will include the Luxury Green Car of the Year, the Green Car Technology Award and the Green SUV of the Year. Winners will be announced at the showês Public Policy Day at the Washington Convention Center January 22.

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