Chevrolet Bolt Adds Green Car of the Year To Its Resume

NOV 17 2016 BY JAY COLE 20

Only 48 hours after picking up the Car of the Year award from Motor Trend, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has grabbed another award from the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

The “2017 Green Car of the Year”.

Earlier this week, the Bolt also won Motor Trend's Car of the Year

Earlier this week, the Bolt also won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year

This the 12th year for the award, and the Bolt EV overcame 3 other worthy contenders and the Kia Optima for the win:  the BMW 330e, Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Prius Prime.

“Chevrolet’s all-new 2017 Bolt is a breakthrough vehicle in every sense,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal 

“From the time modern electric vehicles emerged in the 1990s, limited driving range has presented a core challenge to the commercialization of electric cars affordable to everyday drivers. Bolt overcomes this with its 238-mile battery electric driving range and approachable price, the first production electric car to achieve this milestone.”

Although we have had our differences in the past with Green Car Journal’s short list of candidates for some of its Green awards (like not a single plug-in out of 5 for 2016’s Green SUV), and sometimes the winner (2015 winners included the Ford F150/Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel anyone?), or even dreaming up extra “Green” awards two years ago (like Green Car Tech of the year, Green SUV, and Luxury Green Car) that it can hand out at another other auto show, this year it looks like they got it right.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior

Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior

The Chevrolet Bolt EV also recently picked up the nod as one of Car & Driver’s “2017 10 Best Cars“, and is in the running as a finalist for the North American Car of the Year.

Rounding out the last 10 annual winners:

  • 2016 – Chevrolet Volt (2nd gen)
  • 2015 – BMW i3
  • 2014 – Honda Accord
  • 2013 – Ford Fusion (including ICE, hybrids)
  • 2012 – Honda Civic GX (nat gas vehicle)
  • 2011 –  Chevy Volt (1st gen)
  • 2010 – Audi A3 TDI “Clean Diesel”
  • 2009 – Volkswagen Jetta TDI “Clean Diesel”
  • 2008 – Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (serious)

Below: Video of the Bolt EV’s award win (via AutoblogGreen) – one might want to skip the first 16:20 of chatter (and self-promotion for the next set of awards) to get to the actual award:

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Boom! Headshot!

Will the Bolt do a hat trick and take the North American Car of the Year Award? My Magic 8 ball says “Very likely”. 😀

The fact that a BEV won the award is outstanding!

Good for Chevy! The Tesla Model 3 should not win any awards yet since it does not really exist except for some prototypes not ready for production.

I am very proud of GM & Chevy. Great work, ladies and gentlemen.

Keep it rolling.

One odd thing about the Bolt is its origin . . . as we all know, the Chevy Bolt really is largely an LG Chem Bolt. But plug-in vehicle adoption in Korea is a pretty pathetically low.

How did this revolutionary EV come out of a country that has so far largely rejected EVs?
http://www.theicct.org/blogs/staff/promoting-electric-vehicles-in-korea

Well, for sub-100 range EVs, the Kia Soul is fantastic, and it too came out of Korea.

Spark EV was built in Korea also (motors were shipped to Korea from the US). And lets not forget that every Volt battery was produced by LG (mostly in the US).

The electrical engineering skills exist in Korea, just not a market for the cars.

The big thing for LG on this vehicle is infotainment. It is LG designed hardware and software. They are looking to add that segment into their auto business.

SparkEV is (was?) mostly made in Korea.

And how did it come from a company that is largely incompetent at product engineering?

Scott said:
“incompetent at product engineering?”

I beg your pardon. GM has excellent engineers. The Volt, Spark and now the BoltEV are excellent examples. It is management that is to blame. GM stuffed this outstanding power train in a dorky little car that looks like a Honda Fit and then stuck a 40,000$ price tag on it. The engineers didn’t do that management did.

If management had been interested in actually selling a bunch of these cars they would have packaged it in a nicely styled mid size platform.

Just imagine if they stuffed the Bolt EV Drive Train into the Chevy Colorado Light Truck! Withe Aerodynamics nit all that much worse than the Bolt, such a truck, with a standard hard top Tonneau Cover, should be able to get a combined rating not that far below the 238 miles range the Bolt EV got! Maybe between 185-215 miles range in such a pickup version!

speculawyer said:

“One odd thing about the Bolt is its origin… as we all know, the Chevy Bolt really is largely an LG Chem Bolt. But plug-in vehicle adoption in Korea is a pretty pathetically low.”

1. You mean “LG Electronics”, not “LG Chem”. LG Chem is just making the battery cells. LG Electronics, LG’s new automotive division, is making the EV powertrain.

2. As others have pointed out, the Bolt powertrain was designed by GM, not by LG Electronics. We can be sure that GM is at least closely monitoring the manufacture, if not overseeing it, especially since LG Electronics is a new, inexperienced company.

3. I think you’re unfairly denigrating Kia. The Kia Soul EV, made in S. Korea, is a BEV which has received many very positive reviews. With an EPA rating of 93 miles, the car had a longer EV range than any other mass produced, street-legal non-Tesla car until the Chevy Bolt came along.

“the Chevy Bolt really is largely an LG Chem Bolt.”

Stop that crap…

Many of the award given to the Bolt is because it drives well and it is in a good package which HAS NOTHING to do with LG.

People who keep saying this kind of stuff is just trying to take credits away where it is due.

It’s great and inevitable with best MPGe of any car that it got GCOTY award. But I fear the backlash. People still associate green with boring crap cars, and they might think Bolt is like Leaf. Chevy should do its best to educate people that “Green” doesn’t necessarily mean crap.

Get up on the wrong side of the bed Sparky? The Bolt EV IS like the leaf. It has one big difference, range. We all owe a great debt to the Leaf for keeping millions of tons of carbon out of the air.

It has another huge difference that will resonate with many people, and that’s performance. Leaf is the bottom of all cars at its price range while Bolt is upper half or even upper quarter of similarly priced cars.

Traditionally, green meant boring like Leaf, Prius, Geo Metro. My point is GM should advertise to dispel that myth. Otherwise, people will dismiss it as being just like iMiev. They did a little with SparkEV by prominently displaying 400 ft-lb torque that’s even more than Ferrari, but they should do it with more gusto with Bolt now that it’s known as green car.

LOL on the TDI “Clean Diesels”

-Yes, well it does show the depth of analysis that goes into choosing such a vehicle. In other words…none.

Clean Diesel ., An oxymoron if I ever heard one ~