Chevrolet Volt takes the 2011 Green Car of the Year award

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 18, 2010

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 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.

Press Release

Chevrolet Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the Year

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended-range capability today was named Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year®. The Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the award.

"This has been a long time coming," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of "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."

The Volt runs purely on electricity for 25 to 50 miles on a single charge before a 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator seamlessly engages to create electricity to drive the wheels for an additional 300 miles on a full tank of gas. The Volt's extended-range capability addresses the range anxiety concerns associated with battery-only electric vehicles.

"The Green Car of the Year® award validates the Chevrolet team's promise to deliver a practical electric vehicle," said Joel Ewanick, General Motors vice president, U.S. Marketing, who drove a Volt 2,394 miles from Detroit to the Los Angeles International Auto Show, where he accepted the award Thursday. "The Volt's a transformational technology that will lead our industry into a new age of vehicle electrification."

Other finalists for Green Car honors were: the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and Nissan LEAF. The Green Car of the Year® jury was comprised of six environmental and automotive experts along with Green Car Journal editors.

The Chevrolet Tahoe 2-Mode Hybrid is a previous winner of the Green Car award.

About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly" solutions, such as the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco model that gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway, and 2011 Chevrolet Volt that will offer 25-50 miles of electric driving and an additional 310 miles of extended range with the onboard generator (based on GM testing). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at

About Green Car of the Year®

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 Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

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