Five cars have made it to the final round of the 2017 Green Car Of The Year awards with the announcement of the winner scheduled for November 17 at 8:25 a.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The finalists were announced by the Green Car Journal and making the cut are BMW 330e, Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Optima and the Toyota Prius Prime. The intention of the Green Car Of The Year award, which has been running since 2005, is to honor the most important “green” vehicles every year at the LA Auto Show as well as AutoMobility LA.
The BMW 330e iPerformance is the plug-in hybrid variant of the BMW 3 Series cars. According to BMW, the pairing of the electric motor with the BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine results in a total system output of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The BMW 330e iPerformance accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph. Pure-electric driving is possible at speeds up to 75 mph with a range of approximately 14 miles and combined fuel efficiency of 71 MPGe when driving on batteries.
Chevrolet Bolt is the second car to make it to the final tally and has an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full electric charge. This makes the Bolt EV the first production electric vehicle to achieve a 200-plus mile driving range. Chevrolet has blessed the Bolt EV with a range of advanced features as well as connected technologies to enhance and personalize the driving experience. A Regen on Demand feature allows the driver to use a steering wheel paddle to initiate more aggressive regenerative braking to slow down without using the brake pedal, while transferring electrical energy back to the battery.
Next up its the Chrysler Pacifica that comes in a range of choices including the LX, Touring, Touring L and the Touring L Plus. The Chrysler Pacifica is the first plug-in hybrid in its class and delivers an outstanding 80 MPGe efficiency, a 30-mile electric driving range, and a total driving range of 530 miles with combined battery power and its V6 powertrain. The plug-in hybrid model may be conveniently charged in as little as two hours with an available 240v charger. It features hands-free sliding doors and liftgate for convenience.
The 2017 Kia Optima’s sleek styling and pleasing performance live on in the entire 2017 model lineup. The 2017 Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are new additions that intelligently combine an electric motor and a new 2.0-liter, GDI 4-cylinder gas engine for welcome fuel efficiency and a satisfying driving experience. The Plug-in Hybrid uses a larger battery pack than the standard hybrid to allow up to 27 miles of all-electric driving before the plug-in model reverts back into its efficient hybrid mode.
The Toyota Prius Prime is this automaker’s evolution of the Prius Plug-In, which did not accompany the completely redesigned Prius model last year. This new 2017 model plug-in features up to 22 miles of battery electric range, double that of the original Prius plug-in. It retains the distinctive silhouette of the latest-generation Prius and adds unique exterior styling cues to set the model apart. Inside, the Prius Prime is also distinguished with an 11.6 -inch touchscreen display.