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Makers Tallying Up Awards for Expanding Green Vehicle Offerings

More green cars means more awards.

by on Jan.25, 2016

Green Car Publisher Ron Cogan, Chevy Marketing Director Steve Mojoras and the 2016 Volt.

Remember the 1990s when we had GM’s EV1 and a few other fringe green vehicles? Of course, automakers began figuring out many of the mysteries of battery electric vehicles as well as other ways to make new vehicles more environmentally friendly and the proliferation began.

If you’re going to have more than one “green” vehicle that means someone’s vehicle’s got to be the best, right? And that means an award: the Green Car of the Year.

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Remember the 2000s when we had the Green Car of the Year award from the Green Car Journal? Well, like the vehicles themselves, the awards have grown with the offerings – the first was the Mercury Mariner in 2006 – and at last week’s Washington, D.C. auto show, the online magazine named its winners in five categories. (more…)

Grand Cherokee, i8, F-150 Nab Green Car Awards

Vehicles vanquish tough competition to take top honors.

by on Jan.22, 2015

BMW's i8 captured the Luxury Green Car of the Year for 2015 from the Green Car Journal.

The automotive award season continued today with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, BMW i8 and F-150 all taking home Green Car awards during at the Washington D.C. Auto Show.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel was named Green SUV of the Year and the i8, a plug-in hybrid sports car, was named Luxury Green Car. The F-150 captured the Green Car Technology award for its new design, including the use of aluminum that cut 700 pounds off the truck.

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“These are truly commendable vehicles representing the ‘best-of-the-best’ in so many ways,” said Ron Cogan, publisher of the Green Car Journal, in a statement. “The auto industry’s very early focus on small cars and efficiency-for-environment tradeoffs has evolved to now include a more dynamic field of ‘greener’ models in all vehicle classes.” (more…)

BMW i3 Named Green Car of the Year

“Validation” of a breakthrough concept.

by on Nov.20, 2014

BMW's Tom Plucinsky,left, accepts the Green Car of the Year award from Green Car Journal's Ron Cogan.

Squaring off with four tough – but environmentally friendly – competitors, the BMW i3 claimed victory as the Green Car of the Year, an award the maker says “validates” the costly development program behind the breakthrough battery-electric vehicle.

The i3 is the smaller and more affordable of two new battery-based vehicles being offered by the German maker’s new brand-within-a-brand, BMW i. It is offered as either a pure battery-electric vehicle, or with an optional range-extending internal combustion engine that automatically fires up when the batteries run down.

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The i3 “breaks the mold” not only with its battery drive system but by bringing the use of lightweight carbon fiber down to the mainstream, said Ron Cogan, the publisher of Green Car Journal, which sponsors the award program. (more…)

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Drives Off with Green Truck of the Year

Truck beats out ballyhooed all-aluminum F-150 for the title.

by on Nov.07, 2014

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel captured the Green Car Journal's "Green Truck of the Year" award for 2015.

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel walked off with another big award, this time the 2015 Green Truck of the Year from the Green Car Journal, which has been singling out the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the U.S. for more than two decades.

The Ram beat out four other trucks, including another Ram – the 1500 HFE – to win the honor. The other finalists included Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and the Ford F-150. The magazine made the announcement at the 46th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show.

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While pickups aren’t normally associated with the word “green,” auto companies have been working diligently at making trucks more fuel efficient. In addition to the EcoDiesel, Ford has been heavily promoting its EcoBoost-powered F-150s in recent years and Chevy has been pumping up the mileage figures for its full-size pickups too. (more…)

Award Highlights Best in New Green Technology

Automakers push technological envelope with entries.

by on Dec.17, 2013

The Honda Accord won Green Car Journal's "Green Car of the Year" honor. The magazine also honors the Green Car Technology of the Year for innovations that help vehicles save energy.

Buyers of new vehicles often consider the awards those cars and trucks have racked up, especially those wanting an environmentally friendly ride. However, it behooves them to look beyond just the simple honors, like Green Car of the Year.

The 2014 Green Car Technology Award will be handed out in late January and should play a role in any research new vehicle buyers are doing as part of their due diligence.

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The award, which is given by the Green Car Journal, lauds automakers that come up with the best ideas that lead to vehicles that save energy. (more…)

Honda Accord Named “Green Car of the Year”

Hailed for taking enviro-friendly tech mainstream.

by on Nov.21, 2013

The Accord with Honda's Mike Accavitti and Green Car's Ron Cogan.

The 2014 Honda Accord was named “Green Car of the Year” during a ceremony at the L.A. Auto Show on Thursday morning, jurors – who include Tonight Show host and car fanatic Jay Leno – hailing the sedan for bringing an assortment of environmentally friendly technologies into the mainstream.

The Accord, which Honda bills as the model with the highest retail sales volume in the U.S., is currently offered with a variety of different powertrain options, notably including a new 50 mpg hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with a 115 MPGe rating.

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The award “says we’re moving in the right direction,” declared Mike Accavitti, American Honda Motors’ marketing chief said as he stood by an Accord Hybrid. Equally important, he said the award will win recognition for Honda’s expanded green car effort which includes an assortment of new gas-electric drive systems such as the two-motor hybrid in the Accord. “This will help us sell more cars.” (more…)

Ford Fusion Nabs Green Car of the Year Award

Judges swayed by mix of powertrain options.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Ford plans to play up its Green Car award in spots coming soon to a TV near you.

Despite the popular media’s fixation on battery power, automotive insiders are quick to caution that there is no “silver bullet” solution, no single technology that will likely meet all the needs for tomorrow’s clean and efficient automobiles.

That message was hammered home by the choice of the 2013 Ford Fusion as the Green Car of the Year, an award designed to focus the spotlight on the latest clean-tech automobiles.

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A key to the decision was the fact that the new midsize sedan offers a broad range of powertrain alternatives, from conventional gasoline power up to an all-new plug-in hybrid.

“That’s an example of automotive democracy,” said Ron Cogan, publisher of Green Car Journal, the organizer of the annual award.

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As a ‘Moon Shot,’ Creating a Viable Electric Car is a Challenging Mission

Costs high, obstacles steep; does America have the will to launch this mission?

by on Jul.03, 2009

The most famous electric vehicle in history, the Lunar Buggy was the result of an intense effort that, in today's dollars, cost $100 billion. Do we have the will - and the cash - for the equally challenging effort needed to produce a viable, cost-competitive EV for Planet Earth?

The most famous electric vehicle in history, the Lunar Buggy was the result of an intense effort that, in today's dollars, cost $100 billion. Do we have the will - and the cash - for an equally challenging effort needed to produce a viable EV for Planet Earth?

The race to deliver electric vehicles to the market is on and competition is heating up. But like the Apollo Program, success is likely to be measured over many years and will come at great cost. Our friends at Green Car Journal examined the challenges of bringing the EV into the mainstream and shared this analysis with TheDetroitBureau.com.

As we mark the 40th anniversary of successfully landing a man on the moon this month, it’s interesting to note the many comparisons that position electric cars as the next ‘moon shot.’ There are synergies at work since, after all, the Apollo Program’s lunar rover may be the most high-profile electric car in history. But the editors at Green Car Journal caution that even as get-there-at-all-costs momentum builds for electric cars in Washington DC, it’s a giant leap of faith to assume that today’s activities will lead to an affordable all-electric car in your garage anytime soon.

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What people overlook is that accomplishing ‘big picture’ programs like Apollo require accepting the concept of unlimited spending to achieve the mission. Current levels of unprecedented federal spending notwithstanding, electric cars are not an exclusive answer to future transportation challenges and consumers will not be willing to buy them at all costs.

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