Chevrolet Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the YearBy Los Angeles Auto Show, PRNE
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Winner Announced at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Conference, Nov. 18
LOS ANGELES, November 18, 2010 - The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has been named Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car
of the Year(R). The Volt stood out in a stellar field of hybrid, electric and
low emission vehicles that all feature exceptional efficiency and innovation
in their approach to reducing the automobile's impact on the environment. The
Volt is the first-ever electric vehicle to take top prize. This award
welcomes a new genre of mass-production electric vehicles.
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"This has been a long time coming," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher
of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. "The electric vehicles that
were test marketed in the 1990s tantalized us, but were without a solid
business case. What a difference a decade makes. Now, Chevrolet has stepped
up with an all-encompassing package in its Volt extended range electric car -
a car deserving of the title 2011 Green Car of the Year(R)."
The Volt's revolutionary Voltec propulsion system is capable of
delivering 25 to 50 miles of all-electric driving on a single charge before a
gasoline-powered on-board generator provides electricity to power the wheels
for an additional 300 miles. This ability to allow extended electric drive
range after the car's batteries are exhausted is an important element that
helps address the 'range anxiety' that some fear with battery-powered
"The Green Car of the Year(R) award validates the Chevrolet team's
promise to deliver a practical electric vehicle," said Joel Ewanick, VP, U.S.
Marketing, General Motors. "The Volt's a transformational technology that
will lead our industry into a new age of vehicle electrification."
The Green Car of the Year(R) jury, comprised of six environmental and
automotive experts along with Green Car Journal editors, selected the 2011
Chevrolet Volt from a field of five finalists that also included the Ford
Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and Nissan LEAF. Green Car
of the Year(R) honors are reserved for exemplary vehicles that forward
environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways, with all
nominees on sale by Jan. 1 of the award year.
This year's jurors include the following leaders of the nation's top
environmental organizations: Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Frances
Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel
Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society, and Matt Petersen, president of
Global Green USA. Also, Jay Leno, noted auto enthusiast and host of the
"Tonight Show," as well as automotive icon Carroll Shelby join Green Car
Journal editors in rounding out the 2011 jury. Green Car Journal has been
unveiling the Green Car of the Year(R) winner at the LA Auto Show every year
since it initiated the annual award in 2005.
"This year's Green Car of the Year(R) finalists illustrate an important
point," said Cogan. "There is no single answer to improving efficiencies,
diminishing air quality impacts, or displacing petroleum use. All
technologies and fuels are at play, and important. The Chevy Volt - Green Car
Journal's exciting 2011 Green Car of the Year(R) - shows that electric
vehicles are certain to become an important new part of the equation."
About Green Car of the Year(R)
The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to
showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Founded in 1992, Green
Car Journal is considered the premier source of information on high fuel
efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles.
Subscription information, along with a downloadable sample issue, can be
found at GCJUSA.com. Green Car of the Year(R) is a registered trademark of
Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.
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