The traditional Green Car of the Year Award is nearing a closing statement, with the narrow list of candidates for 2017 including just five names now.
Last year the Chevrolet Volt took home the trophy and for this year the Green Car Journal has selected another five finalists, each hoping for the prestigious award. So, we have the first entry in the BMW 330 e iPerformance, a luxury option that has a powertrain made out of a turbocharged inline-four and an electric motor, complete with plug in capabilities. The 330e gets 248 horsepower (184 kilowatts) and can return up to 71 MPGe. Next up, in alphabetical order, is the Chevrolet Bolt – the first mass-market example in the new generation of long-range, affordable fully electric models. It has ample electric power, but more importantly a range of 238 miles.
The Chrysler Pacifica brings green credentials to the family hauler thanks to the plug in hybrid option that has an efficiency of 80 MPGe. Another family option might be the Kia Optima, which also has its own plug-in hybrid variant that can be driven for 27 miles (43 kilometers) on electricity. Let’s not forget the Toyota Prius Prime, which is the enhanced, plug in hybrid version of the regular Prius – with 22 miles (35 kilometers) of pure electric range. The winner will become public at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17.