Depending on what car you were rooting for, this announcement could be an upset. This morning at the LA Auto Show, the Chevrolet Volt silently rolled away with the 2011 Green Car of the Year award. The prize gives the Chevrolet Volt another trophy for its collection, right next to Motor Trend’s 2011 North American Car of the Year and Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year awards.
Some might wonder how the Chevrolet Volt – an electric vehicle that requires the use of gasoline for trips over 50 miles – could beat out the all-electric (and therefore range limited) Nissan Leaf. But that feature is exactly what won the judges over. The fact that the Volt leaves no “range anxiety” in the minds of its drivers has the Delta II-based hatchback setting an example of how to to address the issue, even if it requires some (premium) gasoline.
Other contenders for the prize included the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.