2016 Chevrolet Volt Declared Green Car Of The Year

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Gets Awarded At LA Auto Show

2016 Chevrolet Volt Gets Awarded At LA Auto Show

2016 Chevrolet Volt Gets Awarded At LA Auto Show

2016 Chevrolet Volt Gets Awarded At LA Auto Show

The Chevrolet Volt was named 2016 Green Car of the Year earlier today at the LA Auto Show.

The new Volt beat out the other finalists, listed below:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Audi A3 e-tron

Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, issuer of the Green Car of the Year award, stated:

“This is the first time in Green Car of the Year history that a vehicle has won the award in two succeeding model generations. Considering all the brands and models evaluated in the award program, that’s quite a statement. The Chevrolet Volt was a standout when it won 2011 Green Car of the Year and continues in that role today as the 2016 Green Car of the Year.”

From the list of finalists, it’s clear to us that the 2016 Volt deserves the win.

Steve Majoros, marketing director for Chevrolet cars and crossovers, commented:

“Unlike the first generation where we had no owner base and had to figure it out, we now have a base of 80,000 loyal buyers.”

“…we have a lot more plans for electrification.”

The BMW i3 won the Green Car of the Year award in 2014.

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135 responses to "2016 Chevrolet Volt Declared Green Car Of The Year"

  1. bro1999 says:

    In yo’ face, Toyota! And everyone else. :p

    1. mrenergyczar says:

      I’ve had the new Volt for a week and the award is well deserved…

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        A week already and no review video published?

        =)

        I can’t wait to see your reviews.

      2. Carl Kelley says:

        Glad to read your “well deserved” post. I’m just about to buy one.

    2. jerryd says:

      The Volt is getting better no doubt.
      Now if they would only make it a floor pack with 60-80 miles and cut the engine size by half, would really be a hit.
      Assuming GM actually advertises it as well as it does pickups and salespeople who will sell it instead of bait and switching it to other gas models.

      1. oldevguy says:

        Jerry
        They need to toss that ICE and go with a clean burning micro turbine generator like “Wrightspeed” has done.

    3. EVcarNut says:

      How is it possible that this so called car be Equal 0r Less Polluting than a BEV?, To Now Become the “GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR”? It’s STILL Burning “F0SSIL FUEL”??DUUUUUU????With the “ICE” To Power the wheels And or to Charge the batteries? This is illogical and MAKES “ZER0” Sense!… $$This without a “D0UBT” Is Money…, Talking! $$

      1. Ziv says:

        It is pretty simple if you look at it logically and not as an EVCarNut. The Volt is a full utility car that uses electricity the vast majority of the time and costs just $33k. The Leaf starts under $30k but only if it has the sadly short range pack, the regular short range 107 mile pack costs a lot more. So you can buy a full utility Volt for less the $33k or a sadly limited range Leaf for less than $30k, or a nice full utility BEV like the Tesla S for $75k.

        Since the vast majority of car buyers can’t afford a $75k car, the Green Car of the Year is, again, the Chevy Volt.

        *All prices noted above do not reflect the $7500 tax credit.

      2. Raymondjram says:

        The others burn more fuel and some are even more expensive. The Chevy Volt created the new EV standard and the others are just followers and copycats.

  2. Larry says:

    Should have been disqualified as not available to most US citizens!

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Give it a rest Larry. Your twisting of facts and stated half-truths to support your own crazy opinion is getting tiresome.

      1. Larry says:

        My one comment on this issue is tiresome? You have a low threshold for being fatigued. Anyhow, the scope of the LA car show seems limited to only their local interest.

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          Every single story on the 2016 Volt results in your comments labeling it as a compliance car, simply because the 6 month staged rollout is ending with nationwide being a 2017 model year instead of 2016.

          Yet you continue to label it a “compliance car” — everyone well-informed knows nothing could be further from the truth.

    2. kubel says:

      I agree. Volt is being market restricted. Awards shouldn’t go to companies that artificially restrict access to their products.

      1. nope says:

        They all do this — Bring to best markets first. I can go get a 2016 Leaf in my city right now, but there are many states that don’t have them. It was also the same in 2011 for quite some time.

      2. philip d says:

        They are not artificially restricting it. The Volt will be available in all 50 states coming this Spring.

        1. kubel says:

          When Nissan was rolling out the 2011-2012 LEAF, they permitted people to come from other states to get their early stock. I bought my 2012 in Ohio, then drove it home to Michigan because there was no stock. NMAC had no problem with financing my lease. You can’t do that with a 2016 Volt. But you can do it with a 2015 Volt.

          The 2016 model year won an award, and the 2016 is the model year that is being artificially restricted. They should have saved the award for 2017 and picked another candidate.

        2. Larry says:

          I live in Virginia but dealers are apparently not allowed by GM to sell the 2016 model to me if I cross the state line into Maryland.

          1. Ziv says:

            Call Mike Furman at Criswell in Gaithersburg. He leased me my 2013 Volt and he sent me info on the 2016. I live in Virginia so I don’t think Maryland dealers are averse to selling to another state. There is a California dealer that advertizes on this site that is selling cars out of state right and left.

      3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        kubel said:

        “Volt is being market restricted. Awards shouldn’t go to companies that artificially restrict access to their products.”

        So, the Tesla Model S shouldn’t have been given all those “Best Car of the Year” awards because it was originally only available in California?

        Seems like GM is being unfairly singled out, here. GM is in the business of making money, and that certainly does mean they are justified in initially offering the Volt 2.0 only in CARB States, until they can ramp up production to offer them in all States in the Union.

    3. Bonaire says:

      Anyone can buy one. Just contact a CARB state dealer and pick it up.

      1. kubel says:

        Only if you pay with cash. GM won’t finance if you live outside the 2016 release states.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “Only if you pay with cash. GM won’t finance if you live outside the 2016 release states.”

          But you can finance it with your own choices of bank or credit union.

          Therefore you can buy it.

          Which is completely contradicting to your earlier statement of “Volt is being market restricted. Awards shouldn’t go to companies that artificially restrict access to their products.”

          Don’t finace you is different from not allowing you to buy it.

          So give it a rest, Volt hater.

        2. Raymondjram says:

          I can buy one and finance it locally for less than GM Financial.

    4. Stop your whining says:

      So? There is limited roleout on many others too. There are many areas that do not have the etron or 2016 Prius as well.

      My city was among the first few markets to get the first gen Leaf .. months before they were available nationwide. Same thing with the 2016 30k Leaf. You can get one here right now today, but there are many states with no inventory.

    5. Nix says:

      Larry,

      If you don’t like the fact that some EV’s and PHEV’s are not available in your state, get your state to adopt CARB rules like the other states that have adopted them. Demand that the car makers sell those green cars in your state too.

      Otherwise, get used to it. It won’t change. Car makers will continue to debut their EV’s and PHEV’s in the states that have demanded them. The rest of the states will have to wait.

      The decision is all up to your own state.

      1. Larry says:

        Would that I could.

        1. Raymondjram says:

          You have a tool that everone else have and some nations don’t: the vote. Use your vote to change your future.

    6. philip d says:

      Oh, come on. Everyone knows that it will be available in all 50 states come this coming Spring.

  3. ffbj says:

    The Mirai was not even in the running?
    What hypocrisy, what injustice.

    1. bro1999 says:

      The fact that like 100 people can actually buy it at the moment was probably one reason.

      1. ffbj says:

        Probably, but the Audi etron has not done much either. I think it may be that and also they do not consider it, the Mirai, all that green.

    2. Mjomoo says:

      What an ugly car? Mirai got to the Japanese for ugly, and you know what it even applies to the inside as well as the outside.

    3. GSP says:

      ROFLOL

      That was a good one!

      GSP

  4. Speculawyer says:

    Well deserved.

    Now GM, PUT THAT VOLTEC DRIVETRAIN INTO MORE VEHICLES!

    We need a Voltec pickup, minivan, SUV, large sedan, etc.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Agreed!

      With now pickup truck/SUV/Crossovers outselling cars, GM has no more excuses.

    2. Nick says:

      +1

      I’d pick up a Voltec powered minivan in a New York minute!

    3. Ziv says:

      You are right, Spec. If GM built an EREV Buick Envision I would buy it in a heartbeat. My leased Volt is just too small. When my lease ends next year I will be buying another brand of car because I am tired of having friends trying to get into that tiny back seat when I am driving.

  5. don says:

    So is this ‘New’ green car of the year? Any details as to what made it better/greener than others, and entry requirements?

    1. bro1999 says:

      “Determined by an 11-member panel, the Green Car of the Year award is based on fuel efficiency, performance, affordability and Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certifications.”

    2. RexxSee says:

      What a shame, after five years of so called second wave, the green car of the year is still a hybrid going only 50 miles on electricity unassisted.

      1. Nix says:

        “going only 50 miles on electricity”

        Or as many Volt drivers call it, “All Day, Every Commute”.

        Recent data shows that the OLD Volt was driven close to the same number of miles on electricity as the typical Leaf. The new Volt will do even better. I’m not sure what is so bad about that?

        1. RexxSee says:

          I’m not attacking the Volt. I say we should have many more choices of long ranged BEVs by now.

          1. Ziv says:

            Rexx, I don’t always agree with you but that statement is something I can agree with. I think that making a real world BEV with 200+ miles of AER has simply been too expensive for most of us.
            Just 5 years ago LG Chem’s Dr. Patil (Sp?) was proud that the 16 kWh Volt pack was costing GM just $10,000 or $625 per kWh of managed pack. A 200 mile AER will take at least 50 kWh so that would have costed nearly $30,000 back then.
            Now GM is boasting that LG Chem will be getting them cells at $145 per kWh, although that may be predicated upon GM buying other LG Chem products at a profitable price. But 50 kWh packs might be down to $7250, not $30,000.
            The BEV’s you want to see are just a year or two from hitting the showroom. And I may be giving up my Volt and joining the BEV crew if the Bolt is a bit roomier than the Volt. (Crossing my fingers on that one)

      2. Raymondjram says:

        If you recharge the Volt every day or night it can go almost foreven without burning gas. It has a ERDTM mode because some Volt owners never use the gas.

      3. Lon says:

        My volt took me to work and back 5 days a week on only electric And I was able to drive it on weekends with gas assist
        Better than all electrics parking the leaf on weekends so they wouldn’t run out of electric and then driving their gas vehicle for the weekend or long trips admit it!

  6. Assaf says:

    Has the Leaf ever won it?

    No, never. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Car_of_the_Year

    And it was a finalist only once, in 2011…. strange (to put it mildly).

    And they have *ICE* cars in there. Cars that idle at the stoplight. ICE cars actually won the award as recently as 2 and 3 years ago.

    It seems to me that this consistent snubbing of the Leaf, while still upholding ICE cars 15 years after the first hybrids and >5 years after the first mass-market plug-ins, calls into question the impartiality of this award, or even that it means anything.

    1. Assaf says:

      In 2009-10 they actually gave the award to “clean diesel” VAG cars… now they asked to return it.
      The idiots. Nobody cares about this award after 6 years.

      How about starting to get it right the first time around? No more finalists that idle at the stoplight, for example.

    2. ffbj says:

      Yes, the level bogosity of this award from this source, is rather high, and on a consistently high level.

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Assaf said:

      “…calls into question the impartiality of this award, or even that it means anything.”

      Seems to me that’s equally true of all awards given to cars, whether it’s “Green Car of the Year” or “Best Car of the Year” or whatever. Every one of ’em, so far as I know, is awarded by a very small group of people, using arbitrarily chosen criteria with arbitrarily chosen weights given to each of those criteria.

      These awards are worth some amount of publicity and bragging rights, but other than that they’re all meaningless.

  7. Mister G says:

    How can a gas guzzler be Green Car of the year? Something smells fishy here.

    1. Sri says:

      The biggest obstacle to EV-tech are the EV purists. You must be level 10 Moron to call Volt a gas guzzler.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        +10.

        But Mister G is famous Volt hater here.

        So, it is not surprising.

        1. Assaf says:

          Sorry if I wasn’t clear. I have no qualms with the Volt winning the award. Well-deserved.

          But seeing as the Leaf has never won it in 6 model years, and has been among the 5 finalists only once – while during these 6 years non-hybrid ICE cars won it twice and have been finalist every single time – does raise one’s eyebrows to stratospheric levels.

          Come to think of it, pure BEVs have never won it. So the pattern is pretty clear.

          1. ClarksonCote says:

            One of their performance metrics probably includes total range, which is severely limited on all BEV’s except the Tesla Model S… but then they run up against the affordability metric.

            So I don’t think there’s any inherent bias against pure EV’s.

            1. mike w says:

              I think you are right. When the affordable 200 mile BEVs start to hit the streets they will win this award.

          2. ModernMarvelFan says:

            Maybe because the current crop of BEVs aren’t good enough.

            If LEAF 2.0 or Bolt don’t win it in the future, then you might have a point.

            BEV purists think only “BEVs” are “green”. Green comes in different shapes and shades…

          3. Dave S says:

            I believe only new models are eligible for this award. So the Leaf lost to the Volt in 2011. The second gen will be eligible. Competition will be tough if the Bolt is released in the same year.

      2. ClarksonCote says:

        +11. Yes, the fact that the Volt travels as many EV miles per capita as a Leaf does, despite about half the battery size, speaks volumes for its design.

        And Volt’s ability for it to continue on gas after its EV range depletes for many hundreds of miles afterwards makes it appeal to the mass market since it doesn’t need people to make a (perceived) extreme change their habits.

      3. Mister G says:

        So if I said to you, “Let’s have a pint on me” and I give you a non-alcoholic pint, would you be ok with that? “Green car” means green car to me.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Thank goodness GM doesn’t listen to EV purists like you. The EV revolution is going to advance by offering car buyers more choices in PEVs… not less, as you’re advocating.

    2. Ziv says:

      Mr. G, BEV purista’s make the electric car look bad by association. This isn’t a religion, this is a car. Take your green tinted glasses off and look at the real world. The Volt is a great car, as is the Tesla S. There is room for two different types of electric cars.

      1. Mister G says:

        Wrong, BEV puristas have beat their oil addiction…everyone else is still addicted to oil. The volt only continues your oil addiction.

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          The overwhelming majority of “BEV Purists” have another car that burns gas. So no, they have not beaten their addiction to oil.

          1. Lon says:

            That’s my point exactly but they won’t admit it
            I am not faulting them good for them for being green just admit u drive something else all weekend or on out of town trips!

        2. philip d says:

          I call BS. We have a Volt and an i3. The i3 covers the longer commute. The Volt has enough EV range for us to cover the rest. Then when we have to go out of town we use the Volt. We get the first 40 miles as EV miles on each leg of the trip and 38-40 mpg for the rest.

          With this combination we drive about 98% of our combined miles as EV miles. Of course if we could afford a Tesla we would get 100% of our miles covered with EV miles but that isn’t realistic for most at this point.

          If the Model 3 turns out to be as good as we all hope then with the Supercharger network we will probably drop the Volt but until then the Volt is the perfect car to fill the gap.

        3. Ziv says:

          G, if using a gallon or two of gasoline per month is “addiction”, I don’t want the cure! I have a full utility car that uses all American electricity 90% of the time, but can drive all day on gasoline when I need it.
          Right now the BEV choices are short range BEV’s like the Leaf that are limited utility vehicles, needing a gasser as a backup car, or a $70,000 car like the Tesla S that most of us can’t afford.
          Next year the Bolt may change that, (and then a year or two later the Tesla III) but right now BEV’s just aren’t a very good choice for most drivers.

          1. Mister G says:

            Ziv, the only factor that will pressure gas guzzler manufacturers to transition to BEV manufacturing is increased demand for BEV and less demand for gas guzzlers. When a consumer buys/leases a hybrid it only postpones the transition, I think oil addicts have trouble understanding this factor.

            1. ziv says:

              G, I want electric cars to succeed and I don’t care if they succeed because 100’s of thousands of people get there through starting out with a Volt or “pure” BEV’s. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough. There is room for both types of cars at this party.

              Because BEV’s with an AER of less than 200 miles aren’t good enough for most drivers. But for the vast majority of drivers 50 miles of AER then drive all day on the gas genset IS good enough.
              The Leaf, even with 107 miles of AER, isn’t a full utility car and the Volt is. But I will admit that there is a sizable minority of car drivers that the Leaf works well for.

              That having been said, I think that in 5 or 6 years EREV’s won’t be needed because by then pack prices will be low enough for 50-60 kWh packs to cost less than $6000 and EREV’s won’t be needed.

        4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Mister G said:

          “BEV puristas have beat their oil addiction…everyone else is still addicted to oil. The volt only continues your oil addiction.”

          That’s about 99-44/100% bullsh*t. Most BEV owners own a second car, and that second car is more often a pure gasmobile than anything else. So when an EV “purist” like you drives his other car, he’s getting 100% of his miles from gasoline… unlike Volt drivers, who average only 29% miles from gasoline.

          You purists have your fingers in your ears and your heads in the sand. We’d reduce oil burning far, far more by replacing every gasmobile with a PHEV with 40+ miles of electric range, than we would by replacing every single PHEV with a BEV.

          Someday, BEVs will be fully competitive with gasmobiles. But until that day arrives, it’s far better to offer prospective car buyers the choice of a car which, like the Volt, will replace most of their gas-powered miles with electric powered miles, while still offering the convenience of “extended range” driving on gasoline after the battery pack is exhausted. Refusing to offer them PHEVs with good electric range won’t drive most of them to buy a BEV; it will just drive them to choose yet another gasmobile for their next car.

          If “EV” meant only “BEV”, then we wouldn’t need the term “BEV”.

          1. ModernMarvelFan says:

            Wow, you said it better than I could ever have…

            I agree 100%.

            That is really shocking to me considering how much we don’t agree sometimes. =)

    3. Raymondjram says:

      The Volt isn’t a “gas guzzler”. Some Volt owners never use gas at all.

  8. Breezy says:

    Good for the Volt. It deserves the award.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      +1 Simply put. A car you don’t have to worry about. A bridge car, with fantastic specs, in a long process of electrification.

      As to Green Car Journal, they’re are learning from their TDI mistakes. Everybody knows the Volt’s lower roll-center makes it more fun to drive. Bwah, hah, hah.

    2. Forever green says:

      #1 Breezy

  9. Sam says:

    It’s a joke that the LEAF hasn’t repeated won. Calling an ICE or hybrid or volt green car of the year isn’t serious.

    1. Driverguy01 says:

      I bought the Volt 42 months ago and reduced my fuel usage by 90% and is my only car. Could not have done that with a leaf and Tesla is out of my price range. I call this a huge success!

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        Well said. And your use case and resulting summary of your experience is what the mass market hasn’t realized yet. Hopefully they will start to, despite EV purists trying to cast a bad light on this design.

        1. Tim E says:

          Hey now, I would consider myself part of the EV Purists camp, but if Chevy actually provided real L2 charging capabilities of 6+ KW instead of the meager 3.6 KW charger – I would seriously consider a Volt 2.0 as my next car over the Leaf 1.5?. Instead – they kept it gimped from reasonable L2 charging capabilities – and thus – they kept it off of my “wish list”.

          1. ClarksonCote says:

            The thing is, once you own a Volt, you realize that you don’t need faster charging. You have battery for your daily trips and a super fast charger (the engine) for longer trips.

            6.6kW on the Volt would save tiny amounts of gas compared to what it already saves, and being addicted to that silent electric feel, the enthusiasts would take it. But it would provide a statistically insignificant amount of gas savings for 95% of owners.

            1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

              You’re making the mistake of thinking all Volt owners share your own habits… which is the same mistake the BEV purists make.

              At least according to one study, Volt owners stop for en-route recharging more often than Leaf owners. Faster charging certainly will make a significant difference in the frequency of Volt owners being willing to stop en-route to save gas.

              http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1079936_forget-range-anxiety-chevy-volt-owners-have-gas-anxiety

              1. ClarksonCote says:

                I’m not claiming they all share those habits, but I am claiming a large majority do according to statistical data. VoltStats.net for example, shows the high percentage of all electric miles for the Gen 1, and the Gen 2 will have only greater electric range.

                Based on this statistical data, Chevy estimates 90% of trips in the Gen 2 Volt will be gas free. So while you’re correct that some people want more, I think it is accurate to state that a faster charger in the Volt would have very little utility and impact overall.

                That said, I do think they should offer it as an option for those who want to pay for it, even if it makes very little sense for the overwhelming majority of people. 😉

    2. liuping says:

      More electric miles are drive by Volt owners than by Leaf owners.

    3. Stuart22 says:

      It’s “Green” Car of the year, not “100% Electric” Car of the year….

      LEAFers who drive beyond its paltry range typically do it in a vehicle that pollutes more and guzzles gas more than does a Volt after its engine kicks in.

  10. GasKilla says:

    I’ve always thought the Volt was a good solution for single car households. But it is significantly more complex than a pure battery electric vehicle. I wish them well but ultimately I’m in extreme with and couldn’t get that

    1. GasKilla says:

      Continued (hit post accidentally)

      Ultimately I’m an extremist and couldn’t stand to lug around highly flammable liquid anymore, so I had to get a BEV.

      Get a free Subzero Weather Package or $1000 off your Tesla Model S order with this link http://ts.la/tom9993

      1. ffbj says:

        Thanks for the inside scoop, though I think I could have conjectured your stance by reading your name.

      2. breezy says:

        Some people just have to get a BEV. Nothing wrong with that.

        1. ffbj says:

          True. I was just trying to be sardonic.

          1. GasKilla says:

            Rest assured that the Sardonians had nothing to do with my decision

            1. ClarksonCote says:

              But sardines probably did because your argument sounds fishy.

              It’s more complex than a BEV, sure, but less complex and a lower carbon footprint than a BEV + another second car.

              It’s also a less complex transmission than a traditional gasoline car. So I wouldn’t really over-dramatize on the complexity factor here.

              1. RexxSee says:

                Cleaner than a Leaf + a Prius? I don’t think so.

                1. Nix says:

                  The manufacturing cost and associated pollution related to production will make it hard for 2 vehicles to beat a single green vehicle. 1 green car will beat 2 green cars, even if those 2 are pretty green themselves.

                  Of course if it is already a multi-car household the answer is simple. Buy a Leaf + Volt and then 2 people can drive their daily commutes/errands on pure electricity while still having 1 vehicle be a road trip vehicle.

                2. ModernMarvelFan says:

                  “Cleaner than a Leaf + a Prius? I don’t think so.”

                  Yes, and you are wrong as usual.

                  Why?

                  LEAF+Prius requires more energy to produce than 1 Volt. It will require more oil change combined than 1 Volt. It will require 2x the tires even if the tires aren’t driven equally as tires still “rots” over time.

                  LEAF+Prius will also require 2x the brake services even if the cars aren’t driven compared with 1 car due to time limit on brake fluids.

                  LEAF+Prius will also cost more money due to additional insurance and potentially more parking requirement.

                  1. GSP says:

                    Well said.

                    One car is almost always “greener” than tow cars.

                    A Volt is a lot less expensive than two cars as well. In crowed cities one Volt takes up half the parking spaces as two cars. There are many benefits for both environment and pocketbook.

                    GSP

                  2. RexxSee says:

                    We can disagree without insulting me you know…

                    For a family making regular visits to relatives or with one working outside, a Prius is more efficient, and provides more room for the kids than a Volt.
                    The plug-in version would be my choice, along with a Leaf.

                    1. Larry says:

                      The plug-in Prius would be great if it had, say 50 miles AER…oh, wait….

                    2. ModernMarvelFan says:

                      Okay good point. Insults don’t help the discussion. I will keep that in mind.

                      “For a family making regular visits to relatives or with one working outside, a Prius is more efficient,”

                      That really depends on your mileage mix.

                      The new Volt is rated 43mpg combined and in order for the Prius to beat it, you would have to take only trips more than 200 miles and do it for most of your yearly miles. If you don’t, Volt still uses less gas overall.

                      That is very rare case for just about all people. Have you done the math in your particular case to show that? People often underestimate how much their daily commute or errands add up in mileage per year.

                3. ClarksonCote says:

                  As others have already pointed out, you’re looking only at CO2 emissions from burning gas, and completely ignoring manufacturing footprints, which are significant.

                  1. philip d says:

                    It has been shown time and time again that the manufacturing footprint of a BEV is just a small fraction of the lifetime impact of a BEV. It is estimated that the manufacturing payback time is in the range of 6-16 months out of the average lifespan of 11-15 years. EVs come out way ahead of ICEs in lifetime CO2 output.

                    1. ClarksonCote says:

                      You’re confusing the footprints.

                      A Volt does everything a BEV + Gas vehicle does, with one less vehicle manufacturing footprint. 4 less tires, brakes, wheels, half the chassis, steel, seats, lights, air bags, etc. etc. etc.

                      That’s the point, and it becomes hard to argue a BEV + a second gas vehicle is more efficient than a Volt.

                      If you have two vehicles in your household ANYWAY, then the comparison is a bit more equal.

                    2. ClarksonCote says:

                      (in other words, I’m not arguing that BEV efficiency makes up for BEV footprint, I’m arguing that BEV efficiency and two vehicle footprints, is not greater than Volt EREV efficiency and one vehicle footprint)

    2. Spider-Dan says:

      Yes, the Volt is more complex… particularly in the area of the battery thermal management system that the Volt has and the Leaf does not.

      Of course, this additional complexity has resulted in Leafs bleeding range, while there is no significant reports of Volts losing any electric range at all.

  11. Goodbyegascar says:

    Chevy deserves to be awarded for the Volt. Congratulations!

  12. MTN Ranger says:

    I see the second gen is carrying on the tradition of being the winner of a great many awards.

  13. VisionSolarDotCom says:

    Well, at least we now know the judges are biased or at least not really with it.

    There are far greener cars than the new Volt. The 30kw Leaf, for example.

    1. David Murray says:

      I suppose it depends on how you define “green.” Technically, a bicycle is far more green than a Leaf. But let’s face it, the market for such a vehicle is limited.

      1. Driverguy01 says:

        Green car of the Year, not Greenest car of the Year. I don’t exactly get the winners between the 2 Volt genereations but i suppose the fact that every winner had a plugin variant has something to do with it, but that’s it….

      2. Nix says:

        Greenest option:

        Walk everywhere in bare feet, live in a grass/mud hut, and never travel anywhere.

        Also did not win Green Car of the Year….

        /sarc

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          +1.

          LOL.

    2. pjwood1 says:

      “There are far greener cars than the new Volt. The 30kw Leaf, for example.”

      Yeah, I’m so lucky I can afford two cars. Having a Leaf this winter would mean I’d enjoy my truck’s range. ‘Ol Slurpy is nice and warm. Green, not so much.

  14. Bonaire says:

    Interesting that the Volt 2016 model will neither be a full year model nor be offered anywhere other than 11 CARB states. It’s a “short year” model. 2017 model year soon to be built in early 2016.

    1. nope says:

      No, that isn’t that interesting actually.

    2. Nix says:

      Meh.

      It was a limited state release vehicle when it won in 2011 too. What of it?

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        So was LEAF in 2010…

        BEV purist like to forget that.

  15. Khai L. says:

    Kudos to the volt for winning the award! but with the Prius, civic, AND sonata beating the leaf as finalists, I smell shenanigans!!!

  16. danwat1234 says:

    I guess the 2016 Prius wasn’t at the show? 53 highway, 58 city for the new eco model, Toyota estimates.

    1. nope says:

      The next gen plug in model is a ways off it wouldn’t have been there. The current plug in model has barely any AER. The 2016 non plug in model can’t compete with even the 1st gen Leaf of Volt.

    2. Skryll says:

      Yawn… hybrids are gas guzzlers nowadays, those prius metrics were cool 5 years ago but its 2015 now (not 2016 btw) and we expect a lot better than that.

      1. Mister G says:

        Nailed it…many volt lovers can’t break their oil addiction.

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      danwat1234 said:

      “I guess the 2016 Prius wasn’t at the show? 53 highway, 58 city for the new eco model, Toyota estimates.”

      Are you seriously suggesting a non-plug-in hybrid should have won a “Green Car of the Year” award?

      No. Just no. It’s less bad than a typical gas-guzzler, but it still gets 100% of its miles from burning gasoline.

  17. Anon says:

    Promoting hydrocarbon burning vehicles by simply sticking a “green” label on them, is kinda lame.

    Learn not to burn. Go BEV.

    1. Nix says:

      Yawn. Every pure EV in the same price range as the Volt requires you rent or use a gas car for long trips (unless you are into torturing your family and having them all hate you).

      So they don’t actually offer “gas free” driving either. You just aren’t using gas when you drive that car, but you will still have to burn gas on trips.

      (obviously Tesla’s are excluded, as they are nowhere near the price of a Volt.)

    2. Breezy says:

      I’m learning not to burn, with a Volt. 24,000 gas-free miles in two years. A Leaf would have gotten me nowhere, literally. A Model S was twice the price at the time, and I still would have needed a gas burner sometimes.

    3. kubel says:

      I’m a “purist”, but only because an affordable EV fits 99% of my needs. For some people, there is no affordable EV to fit their needs.

      I don’t view the Volt as being not green just because it burns gas. Volt enables a wider market to drive more EV miles than an equally priced pure BEV.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Thus the “green car” award.

  18. vdiv says:

    They jumped the ship a bit, the 2017 Volt is actually going to have a green paint option according to a dealer.

    What isn’t so clear is if it will be one of the following:

    Citron Green Metallic (from Tomorrowland)

    Lime Metallic

    Rainforest Green Metallic

    Green Envy Metallic

    Dragon Green Metallic

    all green colors of the current Chevy model lineup, NOT AVAILABLE on the 2016 Volt! 🙂

  19. Ted Wilson says:

    GM & Chevy engineers and workers deserve this praise.

    Volt-2 is a big improvement over Volt-1.
    Here are some changes.
    Battery range is 53 miles over 35 miles.
    Priced at 34K vs 41K
    Can run on Regular gas vs Premium gas.

    1. Mister G says:

      Deserve praise for what? Enabling our addiction to oil. Join Petrol Heads Anonymous and cure your oil addiction.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Join EV Purists Anonymous, and cure your delusion that you can force everyone to think like you if you just repeat yourself often enough.

      2. ModernMarvelFan says:

        I guess have similar total EV miles as the LEAF is considered at “oil addiction”…

        LOL. That is such bad logic, no wonder that public thinks EVs are for “nutjobs”.

        EV purists are giving the EV community a bad reputation.

  20. Bill Howland says:

    I’m surprised they would award the Volt as the green car of the year, since I’d think the tendency would be to look their nose up at it.

    Irrespective of whether the award is deserved or not, the fact remains the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Volts are fine electric automobiles, and are most usually powered by an electric outlet.

  21. Forever green says:

    I’m chiming in from Baltimore Maryland. This is my second day of a 39 month lease of the 2016 Chevy Volt. This award is the first of many that this car will receive. I have the Nissan Leaf for the past 38 months. There’s no comparison to the 2016 Chevy Volt. The Chevy Volt is a superior vehicle. How the 2016 Chevy Volt stacks up against other electric vehicles is for others to decide, but in my humble opinion the 2016 Chevy Volt deserves this award.