BMW i3 Electric Motor

BMW i3 Electric Motor

The 127-kW (170 HP) electric motor that propels the rear-wheel-drive BMW i3 has received a coveted "Best Engines" award from Ward's Auto.

Here's the eligibility criteria for selection by Ward's Auto:

To be eligible for the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the U.S. market with a base price not exceeding $60,000. This year's pool of 37 nominees includes last year's 10 winners and 27 new entries. Eight WardsAuto editors drove the vehicles in October and November in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

The i3's electric motor was the only electric winner this year, though the 100-kW fuel cell in the Hyundai Tucson FCV did receive an award too.

Full press release below:

Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2015 Announced by Penton's WardsAuto

Honorees span most diverse and technically advanced engines in 21 years of recognized powertrain excellence

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Wards 10 Best Engines of 2015 have been announced. A 707-hp fire-breathing V-8 and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell emitting nothing but water vapor were among all-new or improved powertrains evaluated by the editors of WardsAuto to produce its annual Ward's 10 Best Engines list.

To be eligible for the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the U.S. market with a base price not exceeding $60,000. This year's pool of 37 nominees includes last year's 10 winners and 27 new entries. Eight WardsAuto editors drove the vehicles in October and November in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines are:

127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle) 6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray) 6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat) 1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta) 100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV) 1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper) 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX) 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Jetta) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60)

"We spend a lot of time reading the powertrain tea leaves throughout the auto industry, and we're proud that this year's list is a microcosm of all the latest innovation coming from automakers," says WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter. "It's not just a list for enthusiasts or for environmentalists," he says. "There's something for every vehicle shopper and every budget. All the powertrains on this list deliver a first-rate driving experience."

The awards will be presented to top powertrain executives from the winning automakers at a January 14 ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. In the coming weeks, WardsAuto.com and the January issue of WardsAuto World magazine will provide commentary, profiles of the winning engines, videos and more information about the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines.

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