Green Car Journal has announced the nominees for the 2014 Green Car Technology Award. The award will be presented in January at the Washington Auto Show in the nation’s capitol. Kevin Reilly, chairman of the 2014 Washington Auto Show, said, “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.”
Every year, GCJ awards an automaker for outstanding achievement in green car technology. Green Car Journal is known for showcasing technological innovations which reduce a car’s impact on the environment while at the same time delivering improved performance. All of the nominees show an increased emphasis on fuel-efficiency, as well as a vast reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions, and three of the ten nominees come from American manufacturers. They are the following:
Ford Motor Company’s smallest EcoBoost engine, a 1.0 liter turbocharger found in the 2014 Fiesta, made the list for getting an estimated 45 mpg/highway.
The Dodge Ram Truck 3.0 liter EcoDiesel engine was nominated for being “the first clean diesel engine for light-duty trucks in the U.S.”
Porsche made the list for its Plug-In Hybrid powertrain which provides all-electric driving at up to 84 mph.
The Mazda i-ELOOP Brake Energy Regeneration System, a capacitor-based braking system similar to that of the Cadillac ELR, designed to improve fuel-efficiency.
The Hyundai Hydrogen Fuel Cell, which has zero emissions and a driving range of 300 miles.
The Honda Accord Plug-In Powertrain, developed by Earth Dreams, can be driven in electric, hybrid, or fuel-only modes, and gets up to 115 mpg.
BMW’s i3 CFRP Passenger Cell is the first time that a lightweight Carbon Fiber has been used in a production vehicle.
Audi’s 3.0 liter Turbo Direct Injection Diesel Engine which allows full-size vehicles to get maximum fuel-efficiency.
The Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Powertrain, developed by Earth Dreams, for high fuel-efficiency.