Tesla Model S and Chevy Spark EV Nominated for CNET’s “Tech Car of the Year” Award


Hey guys and gals…it’s that time of year again.

What time of year is it?  Award time, of course.

Chevy Spark EV

Chevy Spark EV

In the automotive kingdom that is, awards are handed out by most major media outlets on an annual basis, usually towards the end of a calendar year.

This award, for 2013 “Tech Car of the Year,” is presented by CNET.

The nominees are:

  • 2014 Acura MDX – Not a plug-in, hence the strikethrough
  • 2014 Chevy Spark EV
  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid – No mention of Energi model by CNET, so this one doesn’t plug-in either
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 – Doesn’t plug in
  • 2012 Tesla Model S

Inclusion on this list requires the following, according to CNET:

“As the end of the year closes in, the Car Tech staff takes a look back at the cars we have reviewed, challenged with the task of determining the best tech cars available. As the preliminary stage in coming up with the Tech Car of the Year for 2013, we picked out five nominees from a year’s worth of reviews. To qualify as a Tech Car of the Year nominee, we had to have given each car a full review, with plenty of drive time and exploration of cabin tech features.”

“One trend that stood out for us this year was autonomous driving. No production car currently allows fully autonomous driving, but many show driver assistance features leading in that direction. We also looked to connected tech in the cabin, a big consideration in previous years, and general excellence in cabin electronics. Drive systems, from the engine bay to transmission and suspension, also came under consideration.”

Unlike most awards, your vote counts.  So, follow this link to place your vote.  Currently, the Tesla Model S leads in votes, though CNET editors have some votes to cast, too.

The winner will be announced by CNET on December 18.  The Tesla Model S won the award in 2012.

Source: CNET

Categories: Chevrolet, Tesla


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8 Comments on "Tesla Model S and Chevy Spark EV Nominated for CNET’s “Tech Car of the Year” Award"

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With the excuse of Model S being discussed…
5 new Superchargers just opened in Europe: the first of Switzerland and the first 4 in Germany.
That seems to complete at least a first level of the Amsterdam-Munich corridor announced for Winter 2013.
Total EU: 13
Total US: 41
Total World: 54

A new SC a day…keeps gasoline away!!!

13 is total for Europe, not EU…

Considering Spark is a compliance car and not available in my area, Tesla it is!

“One trend that stood out for us this year was autonomous driving. ”

Tesla lags badly in this department. The MS lacks even the most basic features that are offered on vehicles costing one-third the price.

Tesla doesn’t even offer adaptive cruise control, a tech feature that’s been around since 1995 and is even available on a lowly Prius. Why a manufacturer selling a $100k vehicle cant offer a basic feature like ACC is beyond me. Tesla should have spent R&D money on ACC instead of door handles that retract.

The Mercedes S550 takes care of steering, braking, and acceleration and is the closest thing to an autonomous vehicle on the market and the S500 is available as a plug in.

Easy to explain. ICE vehicles require more fancy gimmicks to differentiate between other ICE vehicles, since their powertrains are little more than evolved steam engines that burn oil to operate.

Adding autonomy to an EV is even easier than for an ICE. But, it was a lower priority for a startup that created a fantastic American built sedan from scratch, because Tesla didn’t want to lose their focus during development. You simply wont admit they got the basic vehicle right.

Don’t fret. The fancy features are coming in the pipeline. Have patience, my young troll. 🙂

We’ll it looks like CNET agreed with me and awarded the S-Class the coveted prize.

I find it humorous that Tesla is having so much difficulty even getting reverse sensors to work on the MS. That low tech feature has been around for ever.

The MS may also have been marked down for it laggy Nav system.

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