2014 Green Tech Awards: BMW i3 Passenger Cell & Cadillac ELR Regen Nominated
Here is a couple things you might not know:
- There is a “Green Car Technology Award,” and it is given out at the …
- Washington Auto Show – which is a real show, honest.
The annual award from the Green Car Journal highlights the advancement of “green” technologies in all manner of vehicle currently on the market today. In total there are 10 different technologies nominated, but because we are really only concerned about cars with plugs, we’ll only highlight 4 of the finalists:
BMW i3 CFRP Passenger Cell: BMW engineers an industry first with its use of a lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Passenger Cell in a production vehicle.
Cadillac ELR Regen on Demand: This system allows drivers paddle shifter control of regenerative braking and deceleration to recapture energy and create on board electricity.
Honda Accord Plug-In Powertrain: Achieving up to 115 MPGe, Honda’s Earth Dreams plug-in powerplant allows driving in electric, hybrid, or fuel-only modes.
Porsche Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain: Fast and powerful, Porsche’s plug-in hybrid powerplant brings exceptional performance and allows all-electric driving up to 84 mph.
Also in the running…just so you know who (and what) the plug-ins are up against:
- Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Powertrain: This three-motor, all-wheel drive Earth Dreams sport hybrid system blends high levels of performance and efficiency
- Audi 3.0-liter TDI Diesel Engine: Audi’s 3.0-liter turbo direct injection engine with start-stop enables full-size vehicles to offer high fuel efficiency and great performance
- Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine: Ford’s smallest EcoBoost engine applies direct injection and turbocharging to eke hybrid-like 45 highway mpg from the 2014 Fiesta
- Hyundai Fuel Cell: which makes us sad, so we refuse to acknowledge its existence
- Mazda i-ELOOP Brake Energy Regeneration System: A unique capacitor-based regenerative braking system designed to reduce parasitic engine losses that rob mpg
- Ram Truck 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel Engine: The first clean diesel engine for light-duty trucks in the U.S., the EcoDiesel powerplant is efficient and approved for B20 biodiesel
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