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.

Explore further: Environmentally compatible organic solar cells

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Hyundai unveils South Korea's first electric car

Sep 09, 2010

Hyundai Motor Thursday unveiled South Korea's first full-speed electric car, designed to tap into the increasingly competitive electric auto market, hailed as the industry's future.

Asian carmakers scope deeper inroads in US market

Jan 13, 2010

Asian carmakers, which have left US rivals in the dust on their home turf, signaled at this week's Detroit auto show they have set their sights on still bigger shares of the massive market.

Nissan rolls out electric car at new headquarters

Aug 02, 2009

(AP) -- Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn drove quietly out of the Japanese automaker's soon-to-open headquarters Sunday in the first public viewing of its new zero-emission vehicle.

Recommended for you

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells

7 hours ago

Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of "MatHero". The new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims at making ...

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

8 hours ago

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, ...

Unlocking secrets of new solar material

8 hours ago

(Phys.org) —A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have ...

Ikea buys wind farm in Illinois

Apr 15, 2014

These days, Ikea is assembling more than just furniture. About 150 miles south of Chicago in Vermilion County, Ill., the home goods giant is building a wind farm large enough to ensure that its stores will never have to buy ...

User comments : 9

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

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

More news stories

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exasperated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.

Microsoft CEO is driving data-culture mindset

(Phys.org) —Microsoft's future strategy: is all about leveraging data, from different sources, coming together using one cohesive Microsoft architecture. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, both in ...

Researchers see hospitalization records as additional tool

Comparing hospitalization records with data reported to local boards of health presents a more accurate way to monitor how well communities track disease outbreaks, according to a paper published April 16 in the journal PLOS ON ...

Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain

Scientists say that the Ebola (ee-BOH'-lah) virus that has killed scores of people this year in Guinea (GIH'-nee) is a new strain. That means it did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations.