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dc auto showWell, we knew it was going to be an electric car that would drive away with the Green Car Journal's Green Car Vision Award for 2011, we just didn't know which one.

At the Washington Auto Show today, the Green Car Journal announced that the Ford Focus Electric won the title, which is given to a vehicle that vehicle "best envisions the future of transportation" but is not yet available in production form. The Focus also won our informal poll of AutoblogGreen readers that included the five finalists. The other finalists this year were the Honda Fit EV, the Mitsubishi i electric vehicle, the Toyota RAV4 EV and the Volvo C30 DRIVe. For the past two years, a plug-in vehilcle has wont the award, the Nissan Leaf won in 2010 while the Chevy Volt won in 2009.

[Source: Green Car Journal]


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      • 3 Months Ago
      Geez.. people want electric cars so bad that they give out awards before the car has even entered production. Anyone notice this trend?

      If this isn't an indicator of demand, i don't know what is!
        • 3 Months Ago
        "...people want electric cars so bad that they give out awards before the car has even entered production."

        That assessment may be a bit hyperbolic, considering that the Green Vision Award is specifically given to pre-production prototypes.

        • 3 Months Ago
        First of all - this particular award has only existed for four years (first award given in 2008), and second, it was created specifically to showcase pre-production cars - meaning, it's meant as a way of drawing public attention to a product most people wouldn't even know existed.

        It's given by a group that is specifically motivated to promote green cars - so the fact that they choose FCVs, hybrids, and BEVs for their awards isn't really that amazing. It's more a case of market promotion than anything else.

        That said, it does indicate that the green media is becoming more influential in automotive marketing programs.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Yes, but i'm talking about the overall picture.
        How many gas cars win awards before they hit production?

        The Leaf and Volt have already won awards, far before anyone actually got their hands on one.

        This doesn't seem to happen for gas cars. At least i haven't seen it.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Well . . . of that list, Ford deserved the win.

      Although I think more EV makers need to start offering a liquid fuel heat system like the Volvo does. People in northern climes deserve to have EVs that can have a decent range and heat.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Plus, it's a beauty.
        Agreed on the optional heater system.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Now that the Volt concept is dead and gone, the Focus is the best looking, most aerodynamic (possibly) BEV/EREV out there, under $50k at least. There is no boot to speak of, but it does seat 5 (if the 5th is small) and it looks pretty cool. Can't wait to hear how it drives. Ford seems to be going from strength to strength. The Ford Escape Hybrid keeps getting better every year, the Fusion Hybrid is a heck of a car and now they may be delivering a decent BEV by the end of the year. Interesting.
        • 3 Months Ago
        I agree that ford needs to fix the trunk-space issue. Hopefully by the time they reach production they will have higher density batteries or more efficient storage to minimize the cargo room impact.

        That's the main reason why I think the leaf will sell better if the price is essentially the same.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Ford's Lincoln MKZ hybrid, basically a Fusion powertrain, with no hybrid price premium seems to be another coup for them.
        • 3 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg,
        For me, Ford needs to fix the trunk space, plus add level 3 charging. I make 3-4 trips a year, just over 85 miles each way and level 2(even with 6.6 kW) just will not cut it. A liquid heater would be icing on the cake.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Aston Martin Called, they want their grill back!!
        • 3 Months Ago
        They can have it back. It just looks like a scar on the front, in my opinion.
      • 3 Months Ago
      The F-150 display in the background is kinda funny...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have been looking for a used Focus. Can't afford an new one , but sure would like to see this 2011. Can you send all information to Margaret at nej6115@aol.com. Thanks, Margaret.
      • 3 Months Ago
      EV's need exchangeable fuel cells (batteries) - say 6/8/12 per vehicle, each about the size of a propane tank or a scuba/aqualung tank. Thant way long distance trips can be managed by a visit to a cell-exchange station. Driver pulls in, station scans car/driver RFID chip for payer information, robot arm pulls spent cell, loads charged cell and off we go!

      Forget the concept of huge built in gotta recharge before we can carry on battery.
      This will require standardization across mfrs, which means getting governments involved early to get this moving and keep this moving.

      Think about it! Breaking the chains of slavery to hydrocarbon automobile fuels!

      Think Ford First !!!
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