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Green Car Journal, which gives out its Green Car of the Year Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show each November, has created a Green Car Technology Award. The first award of its kind will be will be presented at the Washington Auto Show January 31, 2012.

The award was created not for specific vehicle models but for components that help reduce fuel use and greenhouse-gas emissions. Motors, on-board communications systems and powertrain components are among the technologies that fit GCJ's bill.

With that in mind, Green Car Journal's 10 nominees include the Fiat MultiAir, the Fisker Automotive extended-range plug-in powertrain, the Ford Energi plug-in hybrid, the Mazda Skyactiv system, and both the Tesla Model S and Toyota RAV4 battery-electrics (which were both built by the same cast of characters). Ford's EcoBoost direct injection system and its Stop-Start hybrid systems also made the list, as did the Honda Eco Assist fuel-saving system and the Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert system.

Green Car Journal gave this year's Green Car of the Year Award to the Ford Fusion. Check out the announcement press release below.
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2013 Green Car Technology Award Finalists Announced

Green Car Journal to Honor Enabling Technology at The Washington Auto Show®

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Ten nominees have been named for Green Car Journal's inaugural Green Car Technology Award™ presented at The Washington Auto Show®. The winner will be announced on January 31 at the 2013 Washington Auto Show during the show's second Policy Day.

The Green Car Technology Award™ honors an important enabling technology in use today that's helping create a new generation of fuel efficient, alternative fuel, or low emission vehicles.

"The 'green' technologies that make possible achieving ever-higher efficiencies and lower environmental impact are often the unsung heroes of the automotive world," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "Whether employed in alternative fuel or conventionally powered vehicles, these technologies work in their own ways toward bringing us more environmentally positive transportation without sacrificing the functionality and driving enjoyment we expect from our vehicles."

Technologies considered for the award range from advanced powerplants and drivetrain components to on-board systems that work toward increasing efficiencies, reducing petroleum use, or improving environmental impact. Qualifying technologies must be in use by vehicle models today. Important 'green' technologies still under development or found only in models outside the U.S. will be considered in future award years when used in vehicles driven on American highways.

The 2013 Green Car Technology Award™ nominees include:
  • Fiat MultiAir: This simple, low power requirement, and low-cost technology takes a unique approach to lowering engine emissions and fuel use while increasing horsepower.
  • Fisker Automotive EVer: A powerful extended range electric powertrain, EVer is well-suited to the needs of high-end sport sedan buyers who wish lower environmental impact.
  • Ford Auto Stop-Start: Hybrids shut off when stopped and automatically restart to save fuel and emissions. Ford's low-cost technology brings this function to average vehicles.
  • Ford EcoBoost: Direct injection and turbocharging enable EcoBoost technology to bring up to 20 percent better fuel economy to conventional gasoline engines.
  • Ford Energi: This technology evolves a conventional Ford hybrid into a plug-in hybrid, enabling electric and gas engines to work together or separately for maximum efficiency.
  • Honda Eco Assist: This system includes a driver-activated ECON feature that configures the engine and other energy-consuming systems to operate more efficiently to save fuel.
  • Mazda SkyACTIV: Focusing on more than just powerplants, Mazda's SkyACTIV suite of technologies improves every part of a car to improve mpg while ensuring driving fun.
  • Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert: Low tire pressure robs mpg. This technology alerts a driver which tire is low and by how much. While a driver fills the tire, the horn chirps at proper inflation.
  • Tesla Powertrain: Fast and powerful, the all-electric propulsion system in Tesla's Model S is a milestone for electric vehicles offering up to 265 miles of driving range.
  • Toyota RAV4 EV Powertrain: Developed with Tesla, the electric powerplant in Toyota's new RAV4 EV provides this SUV a seamless and satisfying driving experience.
Supporting its growing 'green' theme, a wide array of advanced technology and clean fuel vehicles will be displayed on the show floor at the Washington Auto Show.

About Green Car Journal

The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. A digital sample of the print edition can be viewed at www.gcjusa.com.

About WANADA and The Washington Auto Show

The 2013 staging of the 71st Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC will offer a showcase of more than 700 vehicles from over 43 domestic and import manufacturers. The 2013 Washington Auto Show opens to the public from Feb. 1-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA). Founded in 1917, WANADA represents more than 225 franchised new vehicle dealers and 75 kindred-line members operating in and around the Capital Beltway, representing the metro Washington, DC auto market.


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      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kickstarter push (cash grab) , Ford " Car of the Year" ( firey and fake mileage) , Fisker's drive train ( LOL!!!!) and snubbing Tesla(price point) = GCJ dubious credibility and motives.
      Oolly
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert, but is it really a Green Technology? It really doesn't do anything to help the car be greener, but if you do add air, it's a nice show-off item. There might be an ego angle to get people to add air. Sometimes that's what it takes. All for it! Too bad Ford is opting to not offer Stop-Start with the 1L EB Fiesta at this time. Both good technologies.
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Oolly
        I will agree with you to a point, that the tire fill alert is not a green technology, but it does save a 1 or 2 mpg when you have the correct air pressure in the tires. Most car manufacture have stop and start technology, but for some reason they do not bring them to north america, toyota (mostly use in japan), nissan (mostly use in japan and some cars in europe), ford ( europe) and mazda (mostly use in japan and some cars in europe). I wonder why?
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a ford fan, but lets be serious....the tesla is the only electric out there that has a reasonable range, and is priced in the same range as ICE in its class. No brainer. The tesla. If the Focus EV had cost $29K and gone 200 miles on a charge, I would say we have a battle on our hands,
        Dan5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I agree EZEE, but the green car reports MO is to routinely snub Tesla. If you look at their awards- They awarded the Vision award to the Energi over the Tesla Model S With regards to their "green car of the year", they gave Ford the award and did not even have the Tesla in the running due to it's price and their reasoning that not that many will be sold (despite the fact that more Tesla Model S cars have been sold this year than other award winners during their award years. This is the same people who awarded a $50,000 Chevy Tahoo the award and the Honda hydrogen car. This year the Ford Fusion, their "green car of the year" is having some issues obtaining the as advertised mpg which makes it marginally better (like 1-2 mpg) than a 2009 or 2013 VW Jetta- yikes! http://www.fuelly.com/car/ford/fusion/2013 I'm sure they'll find some bogus thinly veiled justification to give it to "Big Auto" again, like always.
      Dan5
      • 2 Years Ago
      My money says it's going to Ford or Honda. This year they gave their "green car of the year" to Ford and cited the reason that "they can produce more cars" Last year they gave the green car vision award to the Ford Energi and again cited more sales. BTW, the Tesla Model S delivered ~1500 cars as of November, the Energi (~1250 cars).
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      the Fisker Automotive extended-range plug-in powertrain? Really? It is not exactly a marvel of efficiency (or safety).
      dexbusy
      • 2 Years Ago
      How did the Fisker get in there? Far from 'green'...
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