Green Car Journal Dreams Up New Categories For Green Awards

DEC 7 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

BMW i8

BMW i8

Tesla Model S P85D

Tesla Model S P85D

It’s end of the year time, otherwise known as car of the year time in the automotive world.

This year, Green Car Journal has created additional “Green Award” categories so that the Journal can announce numerous “green” award recipients, not just one.

Those new categories, along with the finalists, are:

  • 2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ – Audi A8 TDI, BMW i8, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, and Tesla Model S
  • 2015 Green Car Technology Award™ – BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain, BMW i3 REx Range Extender, Chevrolet CNG Bi-Fuel Powertrain, Ford F-150 Aluminum Body, Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Honda 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Engine, Kia Soul Electric Powertrain, Tesla Dual Motor AWD, Volvo Drive-E, and the VW e-Golf Electric Powertrain
  • 2015 Green SUV of the Year™ – Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, Lexus NX 300h, and Mazda CX-5

Winners in all 3 categories will be announced on January 22.

Our picks to win among the finalists are:

2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ – BMW i8 (sorry, Tesla Model S is not a luxury car.  i8 is borderline non-luxury too, so maybe the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid gets the win simply by virtue of being the only true luxury green car listed)

2015 Green Car Technology Award™ – Tesla Dual Motor AWD (no brainer here)

2015 Green SUV of the Year™ – Odd category with nothing “green” listed among the finalists, so no winner this year.

Press release below:

Green Car Journal Announces Finalists for Technology, SUV, and Luxury Green Car Awards

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Green Car Journal has announced finalists for the 2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year™, 2015 Green Car Technology Award™, and 2015 Green SUV of the Year™, part of the expanded Green Car Awards program at The Washington Auto Show®. Winners will be announced in Washington DC during the show’s Public Policy Day at the Washington Convention Center on January 22.

“Automakers are stepping up to meet the challenge of offering increasingly efficient, environmentally positive vehicles in all classes of vehicles,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Their achievements in improving environmental impact in the popular SUV segment, an inclusive focus on aspirational vehicles, and use of innovative ‘green’ technologies deserve to be recognized.”

Green SUV of the Year™ finalists include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, Lexus NX 300h, and Mazda CX-5. These notable crossovers and SUVs include hybrid, hydrogen, high efficiency gasoline, and clean diesel models.

Finalists for Luxury Green Car of the Year™ are the Audi A8 TDI, BMW i8, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, and Tesla Model S. The field includes clean diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric aspirational vehicles that achieve improved environmental performance in distinctly different ways.

Green Car Technology Award™ finalists comprise an array of enabling technologies that make it possible for vehicle models of all types to achieve improved environmental performance. The field of finalists includes the BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain, BMW i3 REx Range Extender, Chevrolet CNG Bi-Fuel Powertrain, Ford F-150 Aluminum Body, Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Honda 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Engine, Kia Soul Electric Powertrain, Tesla Dual Motor AWD, Volvo Drive-E, and the VW e-Golf Electric Powertrain. The Cadillac ELR’s ‘Regen on Demand’ system was honored as the Green Car Technology Award winner in 2014 with Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology honored in 2013.

“As the central address where the auto industry meets public policy, The Washington Auto Show recognizes the critical role of sustainability in this sector and our role in promoting progress,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman, The Washington Auto Show, washingtonautoshow.com. “We are thrilled to partner with the Green Car Journal in putting those issues front and center.”

About Green Car Journal The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices.
About WANADA and The Washington Auto Show The 2015 staging of the 73rd Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, known in the industry as the ‘Public Policy Show,’ will offer a showcase of more than 700 vehicles from over 42 domestic and import auto manufacturers and a special exhibit of the world’s most luxurious rides. In addition, The Washington Auto Show has been accredited by OICA, the industry credentialing organization for the top auto shows in the world, as one of the five top tier Auto Shows in America. The 2015 Washington Auto Show: Public Policy Days, Wednesday, Jan. 21 (Capitol Hill), Thursday, Jan. 22 (Washington Convention Center) and Public Days, Fri. Jan. 23-Sunday, Feb.1.

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11 Comments on "Green Car Journal Dreams Up New Categories For Green Awards"

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Mike

The TDI – a Carbon burner, isn’t green and won’t be green until you can buy 100% biodiesel.

The Chevy CNG as well.
Are we going to turn the “green” movement into a Carbon-Infomercial?

vadik_veselovsky

totally agree, it’s a shame!

Rick Danger

+1
Anybody that would even list a diesel in a green category has already lost all credibility.

Alaa

You call a 2 door and 2 seats a Luxury?
The front seats are hard enough for a 6 foot to sit in. I do not consider the 2 seats in the back as seats. I can hardly justify the i8 as a luxury. As for performance it is really a no brainer with P85D. If however you consider the price, well then it looks like the more you pay the more luxury you get which is hardly the case here. It looks like the BMW is too expensive for no added value. It is hardly a luxury. You might just as well consider a camel ride in the UAE as a luxury. The price for a mile ride during the middle of the day in June is $1000. Any one interested? It is air conditioned.

Rob Stark

The i8 does not qualify as Grand Tourer much less a luxury car. For starters, it has way too many supercar PITA “eccentricities.”

Panamera Hybrid may be a luxury sports sedan but is not Green. More like Porsche Green Washing.

So Model S wins by default.

May Grindle

The i8 has hardly any trunk space… you couldn’t load up enough cargo for a trip and go on a grand tour with it. Hence… not a grand tourer.

JRMW

Uh…
A luxury car doesn’t need to be a grand tourer.

Part of the issue is that despite refreshes the Model S is several years old. The i8 is new.

I love the i8 and I want it and the i3 to win tons of awards.

Rationale:
1. It encourages BMW to continue their electrification program
2. It gives competition to Tesla helping Tesla up its game
3. It shows the world that EVs are the real deal, and not only a tiny niche market dominated by one single car.
4. Puts further pressure on VAG and other legacy OEMs

Tesla is and was revolutionary.
But BMW also really changed minds.
(I’m thinking about people like Top Gear and Motortrend etc)

For EVs to succeed, We need more than Tesla.

May Grindle

I’m glad you’re saying the Tesla Model S is not a luxury car. It’s got so much stuff missing from the interior it’s a joke. (and I own one… it simply does not compete on the basis of interior amenities)

Is there a minimum cup holder requirement for a luxury car? 😉

Priusmaniac

The Green Car Technology Award being a no brainer for the Tesla Dual Motor AWD is not quite correct. Being 4WD is more something that bring it even more nominable for Luxury Green Car of the Year in my view. Indeed it doesn’t make it especially more green but make it for sure more desirable and luxurious. It is also more expensive so that makes it all the more at home right there in the 2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year category.

The reel pick for the Green Car Technology Award should be more against the standard Model S, the VW e-Golf, the BMW i3, Kia Soul Electric Powertrain and still the Nissan Leaf.
(These are cars that make electrics closer to availability too)

For the Green SUV of the Year, which is a strange title indeed, I would actually pick the Ford F-150 Aluminum Body for its merit of at last introducing Aluminum for weight reduction, but certainly none of the finalist that indeed have nothing green.

Mark C

They make new categories so as to spread the praise. It gives the manufacturers bragging rights {I was once told by a salesman that a car I was looking at had won an award from Good Housekeeping!} It would lose something if every award went to {drum roll please} Tesla for ****** excellence in ******.

It also encourages the “winners” to financially support the website.