Which is best new green car in the world – the all-electric Renault Zoe, the all-electric Tesla Model S or the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid?

Those are the three finalists for the 2013 World Green Car of the Year award, and the winner will be announced later this week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The three finalists were named announced at the recent 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The annual award is limited to production vehicles that either are available to buy, or will be soon, on at least two of the world's continents.

The 2013 Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid already is sold out for this production year, the Tesla S has been controversial lately for a dispute over its range ability, and the Renault Zoe is not available in North America. We wonder how the judges will take all this into account?

The 2012 World Green Car of the Year winner was the Mercedes S 250 CDI clean diesel, which beat out the other finalists, the Ford Focus Electric and the Peugeot 3008.

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid stars in New York as one of three candidates for the World Green Car of the Year

The world's first diesel plug-in hybrid - the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid - will make its American display debut and take centre stage at the New York International Auto Show. The plug-in hybrid is one of three remaining candidates for the prestigious 2013 World Green Car of the Year award.

The winning environmental car, which is selected by 66 top motoring journalists from 23 countries around the world, will be announced at the New York International Auto Show on 28 March.

The Volvo Car Group press conference in the Jacob Javits Center at 10:30 AM on 28 March will also include the world premiere of Volvo's latest R-Design models as well as the announcement of a new and exciting addition to the North American Volvo model line-up.

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid in detail
The groundbreaking V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid. It includes two complete drive trains and a powerful battery. The driver can select the preferred driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power.

"The ingenious on-demand possibility makes the V60 Plug-in Hybrid superior to all other hybrids on the market. Thanks to the Pure, Hybrid and Power modes, the car is the perfect choice for the uncompromising customer who wants to minimise his or her carbon dioxide emissions but maximise driving pleasure," says Doug Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
  • Pushing the Pure button gives the driver up to 50 kilometres (31 miles) on pure electric power.
  • In Hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are 48 g/km. This corresponds to fuel consumption of just 1.8 l/100 km (NEDC certification driving cycle for hybrids), translating into 130 mpg.
  • The Power mode releases the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor, creating a veritable driving machine with a total power output of 215+70 horsepower and maximum torque of 440+200 Nm. The electric motor's lightning-quick torque delivery contributes to the car's acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
Successful introduction
The outstanding properties of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid have been confirmed by several achievements since the car was introduced in 2012. The first year's batch of model year 2013 cars was sold out even before the car reached the showrooms.

In 2012, the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid achieved the highest ever Euro NCAP score for an electrified car. The five stars in the test, which included a frontal offset collision at 64 km/h (40 mph), demonstrate that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has the same high safety standards as a conventionally powered V60.

"Over 50 per cent of the Plug-in Hybrid buyers are conquests from competitor brands. The access to two drive trains and three driving modes makes it the perfect choice for consumers who want green motoring without compromises," says Doug Speck. "The success of the plug-in hybrid is probably the most powerful signal of the revitalisation of the Volvo brand since we began our independent journey in 2010."

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the synthesis of close cooperation between Volvo Car Group and Swedish electricity supplier Vattenfall. The two companies have financed the development project jointly.


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      Grendal
      • 1 Day Ago
      You might end up being right, Rotation. On TMC, someone posted a relevant section mentioned in the 10K where Elon can buy, per some preset goals, some 6 million shares of stock. That would give the company a cash infusion of 44.5 million that can be used for some of the things on the list I posted. As a win for him, the $44.5 million would be immediately valued at $250 million. It's based on Tesla shipping the 10,000th car.
      Grendal
      • 1 Day Ago
      "I think it will just be Musk buying a lot of Tesla shares." Can he do that legally? He has inside information of whether they will be making profit for Q1. If that is true then there would be a big price jump that he had foreknowledge of. That hardly seems fair or honorable for him to buy a bunch of stock before that announcement.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Day Ago
      Well since he has a boatload of options he will be getting them for a great price.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volvo certainly shouldn't win anything. It would be difficult to make a less inspiring vehicle and they have been quite clueless about electrification.
        sandos
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        I was surprised to learn that the Volvo is crushing every other hybrid in terms of sales last month in Sweden. On the other hand, thats not likely to keep up for a very long time...
          PeterScott
          • 1 Day Ago
          @sandos
          Volvo is likely still thought of as the closest thing to a Swedish Car company, despite being owned by Geely of China.
      JakeY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla is the obvious #1 choice. #2 i would vote Zoe over the V60. They are only going to sell 1000 of the V60 plug-ins for 2013 (5000 for 2014) so it doesn't make enough impact to take number 2. Maybe if the Energi was in the running it might deserve a #2 spot.
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lets not forget that Tesla does NOT have an exhibition at the New York Auto Show. A snub that they may not like.
      Joshua Santos
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is like asking what's better: a waygu kobe beef steak, a potato, or a can of beans
        ScubaChris
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Joshua Santos
        Aww c'mon now. It's not fair comparing a Tesla 'S' to a potato. ;o)
      MK2
      • 1 Day Ago
      This isn't even a contest...
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like there is even a contest.
      Rob Mahrt
      • 1 Day Ago
      Wonder what type of stake he has in Solar City, and maybe he is selling some of that to move to TSLA? Solar City up nearly 100% since IPO if my memory is correct, $11 IPO, close to $20 now? He could have made some real cash, sold some of his shares, and using it to inject more capital into TSLA while paying back some DOE loan. But.. if he sold SCTY shares.. I would think we would have heard about that first.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Day Ago
      Musk doesn't need to come up with the cash in hand to buy more shares, he can sell some of the stock he already owns(at today's market price) in order to buy options on many more shares that are priced way below market value. He ends up increasing the number of shares he owns and Tesla gets the cash because they are issuing the stock. The bump in stock price caused by his tweet is icing on the cake.
      Rotation
      • 1 Day Ago
      I mean beyond that, purchasing shares on the open market. Effectively a stock buyback, but Musk doing it, not Tesla corporate. Alternately, I guess it could be a loan to Tesla from Musk, if Tesla even needs such a loan. I don't think they would need it, but if he did it to help Tesla pay back the DoE loans early and thus avoid having to given warrants to the DoE it would be very certainly worth it to Tesla and by extension Musk.
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