New York Daily News Awards 2016 Chevrolet Volt As “Green Machine Of The Year”

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 42

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2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The New York Daily News has selected the 2016 Chevrolet Volt as its Green Machine of The Year award recipient.

New York Daily News states:

“Does the best eco-friendly vehicle wear a Chevrolet ‘bowtie’ badge on its grille? The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is all new, inside and out, and takes the plug-in hybrid segment to another level, thanks to its increased EV range, updated cabin, and more efficient gas-powered engine.”

“The 2016 Volt is much more than a car for maximum MPGs. Technology and safety are equally high priorities in this Chevy, as proven by the standard fitment of 10 airbags and a reverse camera, along with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Pricing starts at $33,995 for a Volt LT, excluding available federal tax credits.”

The 2016 Volt captured the award, but New York Daily News does list some alternate Green Machines for those seeking something other than the Volt. Other Daily News recommended Green Machine models include:

• 2016 Tesla Model S

• 2016 BMW i3

• 2016 Toyota Prius

• 2016 Toyota Mirai

Source: New York Daily News

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42 responses to "New York Daily News Awards 2016 Chevrolet Volt As “Green Machine Of The Year”"

  1. Hans says:

    Amazing what funding can do. Of course a car with an ICE can never be Green Machine of the Year. Come on guys, use your sense.
    Or, was that car painted green?

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      You’re saying this while driving on long trips with a traditional ICE vehicle right?

      I’m glad NY times recognizes how much gas a vehicle like the Volt can offset while still being a blast to drive and full electric for normal daily driving.

      It’s the best of both worlds, and since the Gen 1 Volt already goes more EV miles per year than an all-electric Leaf, the Gen 2 Volt will only do better.

      A well-deserved award. Now all we need is for Chevy to advertise the darn things…

      1. Mister G says:

        Wait a minute I drove 36,000 plus miles on 2012 Leaf SL from 9/17/12 to 12/17/15. I would never drive a half ass car like a volt.

        1. kdawg says:

          But you are just 1 data point.

        2. John says:

          I’ve driven over 40,000 EV miles in less time, in a car that I KNOW will never leave me unable to attend to a family emergency.

          The car it replaced: A 2008 Subaru Legacy GT that got 20mpg.

          Until batteries and fast charging improve to the point I can drive cross country, non-stop, overnight to be with a dying relative, I will continue to support the Volt.

          Gas engines will get smaller, batteries will get better. Eventually, gas engines will disappear. Support that and quit being so hateful.

          1. ClarksonCote says:

            Well said

          2. Mister G says:

            Spoken like an oil addict.

            1. RCA says:

              Did you get rid of your ICE car? I bet you didn’t. I bet you use as much gas as most Volt owners do.

              When I want to go on a long distance trip, I take my Volt. You either don’t take long trips or you own an ICE car.

              My son owns a Tesla S. I currently own one car, but I will soon buy a Tesla III. But I will keep my Volt because I don’t like stopping every 250 miles or so for 1 hour.

              And please, don’t come back with “Tesla has more range than that”. Believe me, even with the ability to find charging stations on the screen, when you get within 75 miles of 0, you get anxiety. Even in a Tesla.

          3. Will says:

            I know you were being arbitrary but I’ll humour you. Surely if you wished to cross country (coast-to-coast) ASAP to be with a dying relative, you’d… GET A PLANE FLIGHT?

            1. Will says:

              I mean, not trying to be funny but if you were to drive from LA to NY and average 80 mph the entire way – which is stupidly unlikely in the real world due to traffic and red lights, etc, it would still take you over 34 hours to make the distance.

              In other words, you’d HAVE to stop and sleep at a hotel AT LEAST once, and you’d also have to stop for food and the bathroom a few times. If you REALLY wanted to rush to see a dying relative, you’d get a plane flight then hire a car and be there in the same day.

              You basically cherry picked utterly ridiculous and unrealistic examples of why you aren’t yet ready to consider a full EV.

              1. Will says:

                Sorry for the triple comment, they really should include an edit button. But seriously. What moron drives over 2,500 miles in a family ’emergency’. You gonna drive for 35 hours straight? You know what an emergency is, right? It means you have to hurry. If you have to hurry, you go to the airport and catch a plane; it flies at over 550 miles an hour and it flies in a straight line.

                I may as well come up with examples of why I’m not ready for an EV because it cannot fly me to the moon.

        3. Jacked Beanstalk says:

          Is the Leaf your only car? If so, how do you drive anywhere beyond the Leaf’s range? What if you want to go somewhere out of reach of the charging station network?

          For someone who can only own one vehicle the Volt is the the most practical EV solution. One can drive electric only locally and use gas for longer trips. It’s a better solution than even a Tesla in many parts of the US.

          1. Elroy says:

            I got rid of all my ICE vehicles including my 600 mile rangee BMW diesel. I drive more miles than ever in my BEV. The weekday work commute is easily handled. The weekend 150-200 miles trips at easily handled with the DCQC stations here in SoCal. And for one time I went on a 900 mile family trip, I rented a bigger car anways, and kept the mileage off of my own car. No biggie at all.

            1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

              I would consider it a very serious “biggie” if I had to rent a car anytime I need to drive beyond a Leaf’s range, but then MI doesn’t have as many charging stations as southern CA. I’ll bet you can drive up and down the entire west coast in a Leaf!

          2. Mister G says:

            We are a 2 car family…second car is ICE until 200 mile EV is out.

        4. ClarksonCote says:

          No bias in that statement (sarcasm)…

          It’s all about statistics, not single data points. I can point to several single data points on VoltStats.net that easily exceed your annual mileage without using any gas as well.

          Statistics are what’s relevant. Stop being short-sighted about the Volt. “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good” Until we have 500 mile range EVs, EV’s will not work for 99% of the population. The Volt is a perfect alternative until then, best of both worlds.

          1. Warren M says:

            Being a former technician, I am a little biased. The complexity and absurdity of the ICE is a sharp contrast to the simplicity of an EV drivetrain. When it comes to the motor, and the single speed transaxle. You appreciate when comparing them side by side. The BEV gets rid of the muffler, gas tank, engine, longitudinal drive shaft, evaporative emissions plumbing, etc. Not to mention the weight of carrying an extra engine. I wasn’t even willing to make the sacrifice of carrying and extra 300lbs and increasing my 0-60 time by .50 seconds in the i3. With the PHEV, you go from the simplest of drivetrains to one of the MOST complex. From a simple transaxle, to a very complex transmission, etc. So while its perfect for some people’s lifestyle. You have to understand why so many people on this site are absolutely opposed to have a complex PHEV drivetrain.

            1. ModernMarvelFan says:

              Is that why Consumer Report tell you to avoid certain model year of the LEAF but no Volt is on the avoid list?

              1. Will says:

                Come on, are you like 10 years old? It’s a simple fact that a pure BEV is mechanically less complex and has less to go wrong than a hybrid. This is a fact – it’s NOT up for dispute.

                Now, the fact CR do not recommend certain models of LEAF does not change this reality. You’re basically coming across as “herp derp. If certain models of pure BEV are unreliable and a gas hybrid (volt) is MORE reliable, then therefore ALL gas hybrids must be more reliable.”

                1. Will says:

                  I mean, that’s as stupid as me looking at Tesla’s reliability figure and jumping to some inane prejudice conclusion that electric car technology across the whole is less reliable than combustion engines.

                  1. ModernMarvelFan says:

                    Quality and Reliability is never a “whole”.

                    It is by manufacturer.

                    Just because something is more complex, it doesn’t mean it will break more often.

                    It all depends on how it is made!

            2. Yup says:

              You know, a lot of people think that all the complexity of a car is in the engine. Not so.

              I work on my own cars quite a bit, and my last three jobs (sway bar replacement, front brake job (including new discs, pads, and calipers), and new trunk supports) would be needed on an electric car as well. And before you point out that electric cars need fewer brake jobs, that’s true, but I’m replacing these because the calipers seized, not because the pads wore out.

              In other words, the “beautiful simplicity” that you speak of is WAY over-stated. You’re pretending like the rest of the car never has any problems. You’re also acting like motors and batteries don’t have any of their own problems.

              That said, oil changes are gone, and electric motors and batteries probably are simpler and more reliable, but it’s not a the huge spread that you make it out to be.

            3. Jacked Beanstalk says:

              Mechanically the car is simpler. Using the car is far more complex. Even a modest road trip requires one to shape an itinery around charging stations. Then you’ve got to wait for it to charge which could be an issue if you’re on a weekend trip where every hour spent at a charge station is one less hour spent at the beach.

              Props to anyone who is willing to put in the effort, but the vast majority of Americans won’t do it. That’s where extended range EVs fit.

            4. Spider-Dan says:

              The problem is that the Leaf is too simple; if it were more complex and had a thermal management system, Nissan wouldn’t have had to replace batteries on a 3-year-old car because they have already degraded significantly.

              A telephone is significantly less complex than a fax machine. A typewriter is much less complex than a computer. Simplicity is not its own end.

        5. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “Wait a minute I drove 36,000 plus miles on 2012 Leaf SL from 9/17/12 to 12/17/15. I would never drive a half ass car like a volt.”

          Sorry got you beat with my Volt’s EV miles of 42K (total 52K miles)

          I would never drive a half ass ugly car that is slower than a Prius in 0-60mph AND gets a poor rating on IIHS’s overlap frontal crash result…

          1. Will says:

            What, now you two are trying to compare mileage as if it’s some kind of bragging contest?

            Come on, it’s like watching two young boys trying to compare d*** sizes…

  2. 2013VOLT says:

    How about a hydrogen fuel cell car as a runner up, lol. There is no credibility here.

  3. EV Driver says:

    It is a little bit disappointing that in the year 2016, the green car of the year is one that still has an exhaust pipe.

    Come on car makers, you can do better.

    1. Sri says:

      No Volt does not have an exhaust pipe, you are welcome to show me. It is not even hard to get 150mpg. This is the kind of frartricide esp. Pure EVists should avoid. We are not your enemy. Our requirements are different and PHEVs happen to satisfy our wants. In world where there is coast to coast infrastructure and 10 minute near complete recharge we would be BEV drivers too, but we are not there yet.

      1. Will says:

        Reading your comment actually killed off brain cells. Of course the Volt has a tailpipe. It has a combustion engine. They emit nasty fumes. Where do you honestly think those fumes go – in to the cabin?

        Why do I need even show you articles to prove it? There is a tailpipe, but it’s well-concealed. You’re an adult. You can Google it for yourself.

        Oh, and ditch this whole ‘us or them’ PHEV vs BEV crap. Nobody said you’re our enemy. All people said was green car awards should not go to hybrids.

        one last thing. This whole abritrary number of how long charging times need to be reduced to. Usually it’s 10 minutes, sometimes 5, but rarely if ever are they happy to wait 15 minutes or longer. Whatever. It’s got to stop. It’s pure nonsense.

        If you remotely understood the EV charging lifestyle, you’d understand that charging is done while you’re eating, sleeping, taking a dump, doing other stuff etc.

        Tesla gets the right idea. They UNDERSTAND that 300 miles of range coupled with 40-minute charge times works because after driving 300 miles you pull over and the car charges while you’re… doing other things. When you return, you’re ready to carry on.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “Nobody said you’re our enemy”

          Yes, they did.

          Plenty of “moron” BEV purist are hating PHEV here…

          YOU must be new or forgetful… LOL

    2. sharkvolt says:

      I am driving about 11,000 miles per year all electric, and about 500 miles per year in a gas driven car, whenever I go on longer trips.

      But I do BOTH in my Volt.

      However, starting next year, I will be driving even more miles electric in a Bolt. EV, and even fewer miles gas driven in the Volt.

  4. Breezy says:

    Only Tesla can win awards. Otherwise it’s payola. Everyone knows that.

    1. Mister G says:

      YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH

  5. Larry4pyro says:

    If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gases by reducing fuel consumption, extended range EVs like the Volt is currently the best solution. Pure EVs are great but the average driver is not willing to put up with the the weak infrastructure. The Volt solves that problem, 90% of the average drives will be all electric, the other 10% just like a ordinary car.

  6. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Yes, every time Volt wins any award that BEV purist or Volt haters will flock to the comment section to spill its hatred…

    No wonder PEV sales had year over year drop in the US…

    The stupid infighting continues…

  7. goodbyegascar says:

    The new Chevy Volt has the potential to advance EV adoption more quickly than today’s pure BEVs.

    And the Volt will still be practical as a daily driver long after my local convenience store has removed its low-profit gas pumps.

  8. Bill Howland says:

    As far as awards go, I tend to discount them a bit, as this just in from NY auto show:

    Example:

    Best green car: => Toyota Mirai
    Best world car: => Mazda MX-5

    As I say, they are going to FORCE this Mirai to work, no matter what it takes.

    The Mazda I actually kinda like, and it is a cheap roadster. If I ever bought a non ev in the future that car would be it, but I’m so addicted to EV’s now I doubt it will ever happen.

    The Volt is a very good compromise vehicle that is great for millions of americans, either new or used models. Just plugging into the garage, or cheating and using an extension cord which I know is also done plenty often enough allows many Electric miles from people who otherwise wouldn’t be driving electrically.

    The BOLT is going to be a bit harder to handicap…. GM hasn’t said anything to my knowledge so far, but I’m assuming the car will charge at 12 amps 110, if thats all you have available.

    There’s not too much point in allowing the heretofore ‘standard’ 8 amps @ 110 since even at 12, the car will take over 2 days (50 hours) to recharge from dead.

    Even in the 8 amp case, a low mileage driver still might get away with it (using it on a common outlet with plenty of other stuff running besides, like I do with my Volt when trying to charge at an inadequately wired motel), but it will have to be plugged in an additional 75 hours to fully recharge, over and above what is needed in day to day use.

    In the motel example, which I’ll repeat again in a few months, I got to fully recharge my volt each time at 8 amps, but the car was essentially charging all the time it was parked.

    For most people, this may not be good enough for BOLT owners. So the 240 volt installation complication may deter a few sales. But it will be interesting to see how GM characterizes it, and what people who purchase the BOLT actually end up doing.

    As it is, the majority of VOlt owners seem to get along perfectly fine with just the existing 110 in the garage.

    I even know of one case where a homeowner had a dedicated 110 volt outlet (!!!!) installed for the volt since the electrician told him it would charge faster…. Hehe, whatever.

  9. Per Jeppson says:

    I love this discussion, because it shows that we’re heading “100%Electric” even if the hybrids it’s doing it step by step!
    (Bigger and bigger batteries everery second year)
    The most important is all the total electric miles, so if people drive hybrids 90% electric it’s Super!
    Keep arguing, I love the competition about who drive most electric miles!!!
    Happy Easter everybody
    (Per J 85 000 Electric miles since 2011)

  10. Al Grant says:

    Love my 2017 Volt. Comfortable, quiet, solid handling and fast, I have gone 57, 50, 59 and 57 miles on the first 4 full charges and that’s using the AC too. Had a 300 lb passenger on the 50 mile charge btw. Nice having the gas range extending backup meaning that, unlike a Leaf owner, I don’t have to rent a car to take a long drive. I’ve put nearly 600 miles on it so far and have used less than 3 gal of gas. GM designed and engineered what I believe to be the best car on the market and then failed to support it either with an intelligent ad campaign or dealer training though, my salesman didn’t bother to show me anything about the car, it’s been a learning experience, first few days were very frustrating. I give the car a 10, the support from the dealer and OnStar a 3.