Green Car Journal, recognized as the industry authority on ‘green’ cars since 1992, has announced finalists for its 2019 Connected Green Car of the Year™ and Green Car Technology of the Year™. These high-profile awards recognize advanced vehicles and technology achievements today that promise to influence the future of automobiles. Winners will be identified at a Green Car Awards™ press conference on April 4 at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C.
Finalists for 2019 Connected Green Car of the Year™ are the Audi e-tron, Nissan LEAF, Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Tesla Model 3, and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Candidates for 2019 Green Car Technology of the Year™ include Chevrolet Dynamic Fuel Management, Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Powertrain, Nissan VC-Turbo Engine, Mitsubishi PHEV Powertrain, and RAM eTorque.
“Connected ‘green’ cars that artfully blend environmental performance with connectivity, convenience, and enhanced safety have enormous consumer appeal today and are at the forefront of vehicle development,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “Enabling technologies recognized through Green Car Technology of the Year™ are among the unsung heroes that make current and future generations of more environmentally positive vehicles possible.”
“Vehicle environmental performance, advanced technologies and connectivity are extremely important to automakers, consumers, policy makers and others in the Washington, D.C. area. Green Car Journal has been a great partner for the show and we’re happy to have the Green Car Awards back at the Washington Auto Show for the 12th year,” said show President and CEO John O’Donnell.
2019 Connected Green Car of the Year™ Finalists
Audi’s e-tron crossover SUV is the automaker’s first all-electric production model. It combines a handsome design, all-wheel drive performance, an expected zero-emission driving range of 240 miles, and a full suite of advanced connected, infotainment, and driver-assist features.
The second-generation Nissan LEAF offers substantially greater driving range than earlier models with 150 miles of electric driving, while a new LEAF PLUS variant delivers a 226 mile electric range. The LEAF feature a full suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies.
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid, the Crosstrek Hybrid features the automaker’s new StarDrive powertrain that integrates two electric motors and a 2.0-liter Boxer gas engine. It features extensive connected tech, an 8-inch touchscreen, and EyeSight driver assist technology.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla ‘s Model 3 offers a signature Tesla look, a 15-inch touchscreen display, and an electric range of 210 to 310 miles. It features Tesla’s extensive suite of on-board electronics including Autopilot, semi-automatic lane changes, over-the-air software updates, and more.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid provides all-wheel drive capability while achieving exceptional fuel efficiency. It’s well-connected with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 driver assist technology, Entune 3.0 multimedia, and features like Bird’s Eye View and Intelligent Clearance Sonar.
2019 Green Car Technology of the Year™ Finalists
Chevrolet Dynamic Fuel Management
Chevrolet ‘s next-generation Dynamic Fuel Management technology features 17 cylinder patterns that constantly determine how many cylinders are needed to meet required torque – down to a single cylinder – to improve fuel efficiency by about 5 percent.
Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Powertrain
Hyundai’s Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is powered by a new 95 kW fuel cell that’s smaller, uses fewer precious metals, and offers improved cold-weather starting to -22 degrees. The fuel cell, three 10,000 psi hydrogen tanks, and 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery provide a 380 mile range.
Nissan VC-Turbo Engine
Nissan’s 2.0-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder is the world’s first production variable compression ratio engine. Compression ratio is adjusted seamlessly from 8:1 to 14:1 by continuously raising or lowering piston reach to improve efficiency or power depending on driving demands.
Mitsubishi PHEV Powertrain
Mitsubishi’s Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain combines front and rear electric motors with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine/generator to offer electric, series hybrid, or parallel hybrid operation. CHAdeMO fast-charging capability allows achieving 80 percent state-of-charge in 25 minutes.
RAM’s eTorque mild hybrid system in its V-6 and V-8 engines recovers and stores energy during deceleration, using it to restart the engine after an auto-stop. It also adds torque during shifts or while transitioning in and out of four-cylinder mode during V-8 cylinder deactivation.
About Green Car Journal
Winner of 16 International Automotive Media Awards and the Folio: Eddie Award for editorial excellence, Green Car Journal focuses on the intersection of automobiles, energy, connectivity, and environment. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events and conducts outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. The print magazine’s content is featured online at GreenCarJournal.com. Connected Green Car of the Year™, Green Car Technology of the Year™, and the Green Car Awards™ are trademarks of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.