Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF Among Nominees For Cars.com Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Award

JAN 10 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

Which of the Three Would You Choose as the Winner?

Which of the Three Would You Choose as the Winner?

Nissan released This Image Via Facebook

Nissan released This Image Via Facebook

Cars.com has announced its nominees for its 2014 Lifestyle Awards.

In the category of Eco-Friendly, three vehicles made it through the Cars.com selection process:

“To select a car for our Lifestyle Awards, a car first must be selected as a Best Bet, though there are exceptions. To become a Best Bet, a car must have ratings of Acceptable or higher in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests; a reliability rating of average or higher; strong ride and handling; and average or better gas mileage in its segment.”

Of those three, two are plug-in vehicles: the Chevy Volt and the Nissan LEAF.

Chevy has not put out a statement on the Volt’s nomination, but Nissan released this LEAF statement on its Facebook page:

“The Nissan LEAF has been nominated for Eco-Friendly Car of the Year by Cars.com”

“Tell us, does the LEAF have your vote?”

Or does the Chevy Volt have your vote?

Source: Cars

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5 Comments on "Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF Among Nominees For Cars.com Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Award"

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Eco-Friendly has to mean 100% electric. The Tesla Model S. I know it is not on the nominated list, so go figure! It’s just nothing else other than the American made, long range, supercharger capable, awesome…. Tesla Model S makes sense! It’s just reality!

The Model S is actually less efficient than almost all other EVs (the only exception I can think of is Coda), probably because of its sheer mass.

Unlike Renault, Nissan and surely others, Tesla hasn’t done, or at least hasn’t published, a life-cycle environmental impact assessment for its plug-in. Given the S’s huge battery, it certainly wouldn’t be as good.

Tesla Model S does not deserve a nomination until Tesla completely fixes the massive power usage when the vehicle is parked.

It’s easy enough to see that the Volt is winning. You see the shape of the car under the cover, it can’t be a Leaf or a Jetta SportWagon. Hehehe…

I vote for the Volt, American made and it has the best ride quality by far of these three vehicles.