Acura was praised for its three-motor all-wheel-drive Sport Hybrid powertrain, with Green Car Journal saying the system "blends high levels of performance and efficiency." Acura's parent company Honda achieved kudos for the powertrain of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, which went on sale in the US this year. Audi's 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine and Porsche's Plug-in Hybrid powertrain also made the list, as did Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, Hyundai's hydrogen fuel cell technology and Chrysler's Ram 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel engine used in the brand's pickup trucks.
Meanwhile, BMW received praise for the lightweight carbon-fiber passenger shell of the its recently introduced i3 plug-in. And the regenerative braking systems of both the Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in and Mazda's i-ELOOP also made the list, the former being praised for being operated via a paddle-shifter control. Nominees for the Green Car Technology award are required to "be in use on American highways" in 2014 and a winner will be chosen January 22. The Washington Auto Show is open to the public starting January 23. Last year, Mazda's Skyactiv technology won the inaugural Green Car Technology award.
Green Car Journal Announces 2014 Green Car Technology Award Finalists
Winner to be Recognized at Washington Auto Show Policy Day on January 22, 2014
2014wasgreencardtechaward croppedWASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, December 16, 2013 – Green Car Journal has revealed its finalists for the 2014 Green Car Technology Award™, a high-profile recognition of 'green' technology presented at The Washington Auto Show® in the nation's capital. Finalists include a wide array of technologies from U.S., European, and Asian auto manufacturers.
"Advanced technology plays an increasingly important role in the development of cars and trucks capable of achieving significantly greater levels of efficiency and improved environmental impact," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "While new and advanced vehicle models get the limelight, it's these underlying technologies that make their amazing achievements possible. Their crucial role is acknowledged through the Green Car Technology Award™ at the Washington Auto Show."
"We are proud that Green Car Journal has partnered with the Washington Auto Show to host this prestigious award, as this is the auto show where technology and innovation are paramount," said Kevin Reilly, president of Alexandria Hyundai and chairman of the 2014 Washington Auto Show.
2014 Green Car Technology Award™ nominees include:
Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Powertrain: This three-motor, all-wheel drive Earth Dreams sport hybrid system blends high levels of performance and efficiency.
Audi 3.0-liter TDI Diesel Engine: Audi's 3.0-liter turbo direct injection engine with start-stop enables full-size vehicles to offer high fuel efficiency and great performance.
BMW i3 CFRP Passenger Cell: BMW engineers an industry first with its use of a lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Passenger Cell in a production vehicle.
Cadillac ELR Regen on Demand: This system allows drivers paddle shifter control of regenerative braking and deceleration to recapture energy and create on board electricity.
Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine: Ford's smallest EcoBoost engine applies direct injection and turbocharging to eke hybrid-like 45 highway mpg from the 2014 Fiesta.
Honda Accord Plug-In Powertrain: Achieving up to 115 MPGe, Honda's Earth Dreams plug-in powerplant allows driving in electric, hybrid, or fuel-only modes.
Hyundai Fuel Cell: Bringing hydrogen propulsion to a production vehicle available in the U.S., Hyundai's hydrogen fuel cell is quiet, zero-emission, and has a 300 mile range.
Mazda i-ELOOP Brake Energy Regeneration System: A unique capacitor-based regenerative braking system designed to reduce parasitic engine losses that rob mpg.
Porsche Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain: Fast and powerful, Porsche's plug-in hybrid powerplant brings exceptional performance and allows all-electric driving up to 84 mph.
Ram Truck 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel Engine: The first clean diesel engine for light-duty trucks in the U.S., the EcoDiesel powerplant is efficient and approved for B20 biodiesel.
The Green Car Technology Award™ focuses on technologies that enable significantly improved environmental performance in vehicles today. To qualify for consideration, technologies must be in use on American highways during the award year. The winner of the 2014 Green Car Technology Award™ will be announced during the Washington Auto Show's second Policy Day on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
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 2014 staging of the 72nd Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, known in the industry as the 'Public Policy Show,' will offer a showcase of more than 700 vehicles from over 42 domestic and import auto manufacturers and a special exhibit of the world's most luxurious rides. In addition, the Washington Auto Show has been accredited by OICA, the industry credentialing organization for the top auto shows in the world, as one of the five top tier Auto Shows in America.