It's going to be a competitive race for the 2017 Green Car Of The Year. With a minivan in the running for the first time in ages, the five finalists announced by Green Car Journal today include five very different plug-in vehicles. As Ron Cogan, the editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, said in a statement, "electrification is now considered by most automakers an essential technology for current and future high-efficiency models." Let's check out the list:
- Toyota Prius Prime, the updated plug-in version of the world's best-selling hybrid.
- Chevy Bolt, GM's all-new entry into the long-range EV game.
- Chrysler Pacifica, a family hauler with the ability to go 30 miles on electric power.
- Kia Optima. The nomination is for the full line-up, but really the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are the green stars here.
- BMW 330e iPerformance, one of the automaker's many new plug-in hybrids that bring battery power to models outside the i sub-brand.