Complete List of Chevy Volt Awards


Chevrolet Volt, Built In Hamtramck, Michigan

Chevrolet Volt, Built In Hamtramck, Michigan

Could it be true that the Chevrolet Volt is the most-awarded vehicle in recent US automotive history?

Chevy Volt in Concept Form

Chevy Volt in Concept Form

Hybrid Cars seems to believe that may be the case and once you’ve looked upon this list compiled by Hybrid Cars‘ frontman Jeff Cobb, you might well agree:

  • The Detroit News invites 100 readers at NAIAS to select their favorite vehicles in a variety of categories: Chevrolet Volt named Most Earth Friendly for being the greenest vehicle at the show (1/15/10)
  • Named “Best of Show” at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show – Best Green Vehicle (25 percent of vote)
  • The Volt makes the 2011 North American Car of the Year Short List.
  • Popular Mechanics October issues names Chevy Volt a 2010 Breakthrough Technology Winner
  • Popular Mechanics also salutes the Volt as a “Brilliant Idea”
  • Popular Mechanics names Volt on list of top ten vehicles for 2011 (11/11/10).
  • Chevrolet Volt Named Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year (11/16/10)
  • Automobile Magazine recognized Chevrolet Volt as its 2011 Car of the Year on its Facebook page (11/16/10)
  • Volt Named Automobile Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year (11/17/10), and Technology of the Year award
  • Chevy Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the Year – Green Car Journal (11/19/10)
  • Car and Driver editors named the Chevrolet Volt and the Cadillac CTS to their annual 10Best list. (11/23/10)
  • Ward’s 10 Best Engines – 1.4L I-4 EREV – Chevrolet Volt nominated

    Voltec on Display

    Voltec on Display

  • Popular Science – 2010 Best of What’s New (Dec. issue) – 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Game-Changer Award which, announced by the US Renewable Energy Association (11/30/10).
  • The propulsion system on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is among the winners of the automotive industry’s “Ten Best Engines” for 2011 in North America as determined by Ward’s AutoWorld magazine (12/7/10).
  • General Motors received a Golden Spike Award from the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries for its effort to bring one of the first modern, mainstream electric vehicles to market with the launch of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt (12/10/10).
  • Bloomberg’s Auto Columnist Jason H. Harper releases ‘Best of List’ and names Chevrolet Volt as ‘Green Car of the Year’ and ‘Best Car of the Year,’ overall (12/16/10). In his second annual ‘Best Of’ list, this is the first time that a single car has taken two spots, and writes that, “The Volt is the right car for right now.”
  • Detroit Free Press named Chevrolet Volt ‘Car of the Year’ (12/30/10)
  • Chevrolet Volt received the Electric Car of the Year Award from China Auto News and (12/30/10)
  • Volt makes Kelley Blue Book’s ‘Freshman Car Class” 10 New Names for 2011’ List (1/3/11)
  • Volt named Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show (1/10/11).

    GM CEO Dan Akerson in Front of Chevy Volt

    GM CEO Dan Akerson in Front of Chevy Volt

  • Eddie Alterman, editor and chief of Car and Driver magazine visited Detroit Hamtramck Assembly and presented the Chevrolet Volt with the 2011 Car and Driver 10Best Awards (1/21/11)
  • MotorWeek recognized the Chevrolet Volt with the “Best of the Year” 2011 Driver’s Choice Award and recognized as the best overall for “Best Eco-Friendly”(2/11/11)
  • Chevrolet Volt receives the ‘Fuel Sippers’ award in the Budget and Green category for the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice 2011 Awards (2/25/11)
  • Chevrolet Volt was awarded ‘Best Value for Inaugural Eco Category’ by Vincentric’s Best Value in America (3/4/11)
  • Chevrolet Volt awarded Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)– achieving “good” scores in four types of crash tests (4/2011)
  • Chevrolet Volt named 2011 World Green Car at the New York Auto International Auto (4/2011)
  • Chevrolet Volt Wins Gold Medal in 2011 Edison Awards part of the”2011 Best New Product in Transportation – Remote Driving Aids Segment (4/2011)
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars of 2011 (4/2011)
  • Chevrolet Volt 4-door hatch awarded Kiplinger’s Personal Finance – Worth a Look (3/7/2012)

    Plug In or Gas Up...With the Volt the Choice is Yours

    Plug In or Gas Up…With the Volt the Choice is Yours

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt named one of the Best Green Cars of 2012 by Kelley Blue Book. (4/17/2012)
  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt named one of the Top 10 Cars that Reignite the American Dream (7/13/2012)
  • The Chevrolet Volt is the winner of the 2013 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award for the new electric category. (10/11/12)
  • Winner of Kelley Blue Book – 2012 Best Resale Value for an Electric Car
  • Winner of Kelley Blue Book – 2012 Total Cost of Ownership for an Electric Car
  • The Chevrolet Volt achieved The Car Book’s 2013 BEST BETS distinction in the 33rd edition of America’s first consumer car buying guide. (2/1/2013)
  • – Top 5 Consumer Favorite – Best Hybrid (2013)
  • Award recipient of J.D. Power’s 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study (Segment Award, Compact Car) (02/12/2014)

Full credit for compiling this masterpiece of an award list to Jeff Cobb at Hybrid Cars and props for his work at

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…now… if only GM would be in the business of TV ads for their cars… then they could make a TV spot rolling off all these awards together with sexy pics of Volts sailing into the sunset…

Oops. They seem to prefer making spots with gas station frat jokes, or about how scary it is to drive an electric car.

Well, at least GM dealers are really good at pushing those Volts off the lots… no, not this either.

To sum it up: A+ on engineering. F- on marketing.

btw, I think the list fails to mention some Consumer Reports awards. Didn’t the Volt win the Most Loved Car in 2012 and got #2 after the Model S in 2013?


GM certainly needs to learn from Tesla….

Tesla spends ZERO on marketing and ads…


It was mentioned in Jeff’s article on, but wasn’t in the list.

Eric Cote

The list is quite long and impressive. I would love to see a commercial capitalize on this, as well as the owner enthusiasm. Nobody needs to know it’s a plug-in until the very end of the ad spot.


On the contrary, start with this being a plug-in. But not as a liability – rather, as an asset.

Something along the lines of: “The Volt, Chevrolet’s first plug-in vehicle… #1 in 3-year reliability among *all* car classes.”

To start driving home the point that an EV is a *better* car, not a crippled car which is what their latest ad suggests.

Eric Cote

I prefer the idea of a build up of suspense leaving people wondering “wow, what car could this possibly be?” And then finding out its a car they may have always dismissed as “just another electric golf cart” 😉

I think my Volt’s center-stack should get an award for having the largest number of redundant and unneeded buttons. There is a lot to like about this car, and although the center-stack looks really cool, its ergonomics and usability are a train-wreck. It’s absurd the dash gets compared to an Apple interface, since Apple would *never* design an interface with (just counted) 38 physical buttons, most of which are duplicated on the touch screen. And the buttons are very poorly laid out. Do you really need a CONFIG” button plus a second “TP” button to set the time? No. I could keep going, but I won’t I can’t imagine what the engineers were thinking: “Hey I know … right next to the 25 infotainment buttons, lets include buttons to set the drive mode and SHUT OFF THE FRIGGIN’ CAR! What could possibly go wrong? ” Yeah I know … you get used to it eventually. But it sure seems ironic that the (so simple) task of driving while using my iPhone is illegal, yet it’s OK to play with 38 buttons and a touch screen. An Apple dashboard would look more like the dash on a Model-S.

I’d like programmable buttons w/OLED display.


It’s a Chevy, so it comes with a dash designed by Chevy designers.

For the record, I’m a 2+ year Volt owner and love the car but undeniably it has a quintessential American car interior styling (and I don’t mean that in a good way).


Looks are subjective … and I’m very happy with the interior/exterior looks/quality relative to the other vehicles I’ve had (Chevy, Pontiac, Subaru, Mazda). It’s just the abysmal usability of that center stack. Another example…

For 2013 the lawyers made them take away the 12 amp charge default. So once or twice a day I need to toggle that setting. It could be one button press. Instead they deliberately buried that toggle to where it can take five or six button presses to toggle and get back to whatever. And some of those buttons are as small as a dime, even though the whole screen is empty. It’s like they wanted it to be difficult and annoying. This is very unlike my previous Chevy vehicles all of which have had great usability.

Martin Tesar

True I know what you mean but GM did do more than usual GM with Volt & ELR….
However a lot have done even worse in my books….
Nissan Leaf or BMWi3 – not exactly easy flowing stylish eye candy either.

Americans don’t have the same functional best of European design / style.
However with globalisation of car models they may soon develop it further – the rest of us live in hope.


Not true, Tesla has very well trained sales staff that is marketing my friend.

Jouni Valkonen

Volt’s award list cannot even be compared to the list of Tesla Model S awards.


Where’s that list?


Isn’t this like saying that a Corvette “cannot be compared” to a Viper?

Both cars have been lauded; I’m not sure which one has more awards. Keep in mind that many of the Volt awards listed above came over multiple years.