One month ago, we wrote:
Usually, we’re rather enthusiastic when a plug-in vehicle gets selected as a finalist for an award, but in the case of the Green Car Journal announcing the BMW i3 as one of the five finalists for 2015 “Green Car of the Year,” we’re not jumping up and down in celebration.
Why? Well, Green Car Journal has a track record of naming somewhat worthy finalists, but then picking undeserving winners.
When you see the list of 5 finalists, it’s obvious the BMW i3 is the clear winner, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Green Car Journal ends up selecting the bi-fueled Impala or even the diesel Audi A3.
However, this time, Green Car Journal selected the right winner: the BMW i3
So, congrats are due for the BMW i3, a plug-in vehicle with a whole trophy case full of awards now.
It's worth pointing out that Green Car Journal evaluates a vehicle's "greenness," as well as its mass availability in selecting a winner.
Here's a look back at the 5 finalists selected for the 2015 “Green Car of the Year” award:
Audi A3 TDI
Audi’s all-new A3 TDI presents an exciting choice for those looking to go upscale and ‘green,’ appearing for the first time as a stylish four-door sedan featuring the automaker’s new fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel power plant.
BMW i3 Offering a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body on an aluminum space frame, BMW’s innovative i3 offers environment-conscious drivers all-electric drive with an optional internal combustion range extender.
Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel The Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel sedan breaks new ground by offering the comfort and functionality of a popular mid-size four-door sedan with the ability to drive on affordable clean natural gas or conventional gasoline.
Honda Fit Honda’s third-generation Fit features a new space-efficient body and flexible seating configuration to bring class-leading interior room, combined with 41 highway mpg from a new 1.5-liter Earth Dreams gasoline engine.
VW’s seventh-generation Golf offers something for everyone in a stylish and fun package, with new 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel, efficient four-cylinder gasoline, and in some areas of the country, all-electric drive.