Thursday, August 15, 2013

BMW i3 Wins At The 2013 Next Green Car Awards, As Does The Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF

What are the Next Green Car Awards? The group bills itself as “…the most scientifically based green car Awards in the UK.“ While noting that the awards are given in eight vehicle segments including a ‘Next Generation’ category, which highlights new technology models close to market launch.
The upcoming BMW i3 took home the supermini prize, marking their first real journalist-approved award win to date. Understandably, BMW was proud of the achievement:
“We believe the BMW i3 is a real game changing vehicle because it has been born electric. Being designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle has resulted in a number of benefits in terms of weight, packaging, range, emissions and driving dynamics. We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious honour as it is the first UK award that recognises the significance of the BMW i3 and its 360 degree electric ownership package for a holistic mobility solution.”BMW’s Suzanne Gray , General Manager of BMW i, said of the award.
Other winners include the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, the Nissan LEAF – and naturally, what kind of award would it be without the Tesla Model S grabbing some hardware?
However, casting some doubt on the validity of the competition (in our opinion) is the choice for “Next Generation Award”, which went to the VW e-up! Electric, which seems both overly pricey (€26,900 – $34,500 USD ) and underwhelming in performance, with only 99 miles of range on the NEDC standard (about 60 miles in equivalent“EPA miles”)
Here are the winners (of plug-in interest) by class, as well as a little ditty from Next Green Car about their choices:
Supermini Award 2013 – BMW i3 Electric
“The BMW i3 is set to change what we expect and demand of an electric urban vehicle; one that maximises electrification, connectivity, quality and driving performance.” – CO2: 0 g/km
Small Family Award 2013 - Nissan LEAF [2013]
”A high quality family electric vehicle, the new LEAF offers best-in-class range and versatility. With multiple buying options, it’s never been so easy to own an electric car.” – CO2: 0 g/km
Large Family Award 2013 – Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
“Ticks all the boxes for a high quality, well-built, efficient family car for the here and now; but more importantly also looks to the future with its innovation and vision.” – CO2: 49 g/km
Executive Award 2013 – Tesla Model S
“The pin-up of the electric vehicle world, the Tesla Model S combines a ladle-full of executive gadgeted luxury with a futuristic electric driving experience.” – CO2: 0 g/km
Next Generation Award 2013 - Volkswagen e-Up! Electric
“A high quality but affordable electric city car, the all new e-Up!offers compact comfort with zero emissions. With VW’s brand and backing, the e-Up!could be the catalyst for a step-change in urban electric car adoption.” – CO2: 0 g/km