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.
Green Car Journal will announce the winners at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17th, along with some, "other green transportation announcements," whatever that means. Last year, the winner was the 2016 Chevy Volt, the first model to snatch up two wins. Which do you think should win this year?

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