US Volt beats Asian rivals to LA green car prize

Nov 18, 2010
The Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle, seen here on November 16, beat back competition from Asian rivals including Nissan and Hyundai to win the Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles auto show on Thursday.

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt beat back competition from Asian rivals including Nissan and Hyundai to win the Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles auto show on Thursday.

The General Motors-built car pipped the prize from a top five which also included the Ford Fiesta, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and the Nissan LEAF.

The award to the US carmaker will provide a morale-boosting shot in the arm for the ailing US , still struggling to recover from the near-meltdown amid the 2008 global financial crisis.

"I'm very humbled to stand up here with this car," said GM vice-president Joel Ewanick, receiving the Journal-judged prize at the LA car show, which opens to the public on Friday.

Paying tribute to his engineers, he added: "They wanted to make a great car, but they also felt that they were doing something for the environment, for the world, to give us energy security going forward."

The Volt can drive for up to 40 miles (65 km) on one charge, but also has a to recharge the battery, extending its range from just commuter driving.

The judging panel which chose the car included US talk show host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno.

US President Barack Obama drove a Volt in July when he toured the Detroit region to tout his economic policies and the revitalized auto industry.

His visit came little over a year after GM and Chrysler emerged from a bankruptcy process designed by Washington, and which supporters say has made the firms leaner and meaner.

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ormondotvos
2.7 / 5 (7) Nov 18, 2010
Gee, think the criteria were slewed toward the Volt? It isn't even an electric car!
tigger
3 / 5 (4) Nov 18, 2010
Ha ha, that was such a sham award... the Asian market has SO many better "green" cars.
TabulaMentis
not rated yet Nov 19, 2010
Gee, think the criteria were slewed toward the Volt? It isn't even an electric car!

The volt is a plug-in hybrid.

Ha ha, that was such a sham award... the Asian market has SO many better "green" cars.

Induction charging instead of plug-in charging sounds more practical, though it is only experimental for the moment!

See the following YouTube link titled:
Inductive Power Technology - IPT - Wireless charging for electric vehicles.
http://www.youtub...PffoZs_k
electric
5 / 5 (4) Nov 19, 2010
Gee, think the criteria were slewed toward the Volt? It isn't even an electric car!


How is it not an electric car? It is propelled entirely by electricity when the battery charge is not too low. When the battery SOC is too low, the gas engine assists.

When the battery SOC on the Leaf and Tesla is too low and you're far from a place to charge, you're done. Might as well carry around a portable generator just in case.

Take your pick. Neither method (Volt vs. Leaf/Tesla) is better. Just because the Volt has a gas engine doesn't mean it's not an electric car, and just because the Leaf/Tesla has limited range doesn't mean they're useless.
TabulaMentis
4 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2010
There are two major problems with these electric cars. The battery is too expensive and the price to purchase an electric vehicle after rebates are finished.
For the moment, its all about the battery.
googleplex
5 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2010
At the moment you are better off buying a civic. Lower cost over the life of the vehicle and smaller "total" environmental footprint.
trekgeek1
5 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2010
I really like the Volt. Here's the thing, people are very wary of electric cars since they are scared they'll be left with a dead battery miles from home. The Volt will demonstrate that 40 miles on a battery is fine for most people for day to day use and it will offer them the safety blanket of a gas engine. People will realize they like not going to a gas station and that they rarely fill up their tanks since the 40 miles of electric is just fine. In 5 or so years of this, they'll be happy to buy a full electric from Tesla or whoever makes one by then. The Volt is a great set of training wheels.
JamesThomas
not rated yet Nov 21, 2010
At the moment you are better off buying a civic. Lower cost over the life of the vehicle and smaller "total" environmental footprint.

You're right. However, IMO, what's extremely important right now is that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the public's mind away from fossil fuel cars towards electric -- though indeed these first generation electrics are not so green. We should see a significant change for the better in the next generation of electrics and so on.
Eric_B
not rated yet Nov 21, 2010
BTW, this just in last friday, Walgreens is partnering to have electric rechargers installed at every Walgreens in Houston, TX.

The EV Revolution seems to have begun...

http://www.wired....network/

http://www.busine...rivately