Finalists named for 2014 Green Car Technology Award

2014 Green Car Technology Award Finalists named for 2014 Green Car Technology AwardGreen Car Journal has announced the nominees for the 2014 Green Car Technology Award which will be presented in January at the Washington Auto Show in the nation’s capitol.

The Green Car Technology Award focuses on technologies that enable significantly improved environmental performance in vehicles today. To qualify for consideration, technologies must be in use on American highways during the award year.

Finalists include a wide array of technologies from U.S., European, and Asian auto manufacturers.

2014 Green Car Technology Award nominees include:

BMW i3 CFRP Passenger Cell: BMW engineers an industry first with its use of a lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Passenger Cell in a production vehicle.

Cadillac ELR Regen on Demand: This system allows drivers paddle shifter control of regenerative braking and deceleration to recapture energy and create on board electricity.

Honda Accord Plug-In Powertrain: Achieving up to 115 MPGe, Honda’s Earth Dreams plug-in powerplant allows driving in electric, hybrid, or fuel-only modes.

Hyundai Fuel Cell: Bringing hydrogen propulsion to a production vehicle available in the U.S., Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell is quiet, zero-emission, and has a 300 mile range.

Porsche Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain: Fast and powerful, Porsche’s plug-in hybrid powerplant brings exceptional performance and allows all-electric driving up to 84 mph.

Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Powertrain: This three-motor, all-wheel drive Earth Dreams sport hybrid system blends high levels of performance and efficiency.

Audi 3.0-liter TDI Diesel Engine: Audi’s 3.0-liter turbo direct injection engine with start-stop enables full-size vehicles to offer high fuel efficiency and great performance.

Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine: Ford’s smallest EcoBoost engine applies direct injection and turbocharging to eke hybrid-like 45 highway mpg from the 2014 Fiesta.

Mazda i-ELOOP Brake Energy Regeneration System: A unique capacitor-based regenerative braking system designed to reduce parasitic engine losses that rob mpg.

Ram Truck 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel Engine: The first clean diesel engine for light-duty trucks in the U.S., the EcoDiesel powerplant is efficient and approved for B20 biodiesel.

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