On November 8, Green Car Journal, a magazine in the US that focuses on green vehicles and environmentally friendly energy and technologies, announced its five finalists for the 2017 Green Car of the Year.
Every year, the award is presented at the Los Angles Auto Show, which is known for having the highest environmental awareness of all motor shows in the US. The 2017 Green Car of the Year will be awarded to the most environmentally friendly vehicle, as selected by American journalists from a list of new models released between fall 2015 and fall 2016 in the US.
The five finalists for the 2017 Green Car of the Year are as follows:
â— BMW330e iPerformance
â— Chevrolet Volt EV
â— Chrysler Pacifica
â— Kia Optima
â— Toyota Prius Prime (the all-new Prius PHV)
The new Toyota Prius Prime was the lone Japanese model to be selected among the finalists. Its miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, the EPAâ€™s (Environmental Protection Agency) conversion of fuel efficiency for electric vehicles, is 133MPGe (approx. 56km/liter). According to Toyota, the Prius Prime offers the best fuel consumption in the US.
Among the four other finalists, the BMW 330e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica and the Kia Optima (available in a hybrid as well) are all plug-in hybrids (PHVs), while the Chevrolet Volt EV is an electric vehicle (EV).
The previous winners over the last few years include the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in 2010, the Honda Civic Natural Gas in 2011, the Ford Fusion in 2012, the Honda Accord in 2013, the BMW i3 in 2014, and the Chevrolet Volt in 2015.
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)