The 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car fetched today the 2011 Green Car of the Year award during press previews at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. In its race to take this award, Chevrolet edged out cars such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford's Fiesta, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
For those who don’t know, the 2011 Volt is capable to run on electricity for 25 to 50 miles on a single charge, but after this a 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator is turned on in order to create electricity and to push the car for an additional 300 miles on a full tank of gas.
This award comes as a reward for GM, because we all know that the Chevrolet Volt project was very important for the American manufacturer.
For those who don’t know, the previous winner of the Green Car award was the Chevrolet Tahoe 2-Mode Hybrid, which means that the 2011 Volt will keep the award in the Chevrolet family for another year.
Ron Cogan reveals that while electric vehicles were originally test-marketed back in the 1990s and managed to entice everyone, there had yet to be a solid business case. Cogan added that this is truly a long time coming and that a decade truly made a difference.
Cogan is the publisher and editor of the Green Car Journal as well as the GreenCar.com editor. Meanwhile, General Motors vice president for U.S. Marketing Joel Ewanick shared that Chevrolet achieving the Green Car of the Year award is a validation of the brand’s promise to have a practical electric car.
Ewanick accepted the award Thursday at the Los Angeles International Auto Show driving the Volt from Detroit for a total of 2,394 miles. The transformational technology present on the Volt is a sign that the brand will lead the auto industry to a new period of vehicle electrification.