For the first time, the Green Car of the Year finalists include two primarily electric-drive vehicles in addition to two hybrids and a high mile-per-gallon, gasoline internal combustion engine.
Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, said the finalists “reflect an auto industry in transition. It wasn’t long ago when electric drive was a novelty. Now, it’s expected that auto manufacturers will include electric drive in some form among their model offerings.”
Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Green Car of the Year award honors environmental leadership in the automotive field and recognizes vehicles available to consumers during the award year.
Last year’s winner was the Audi A3 TDI.
Jurors include leaders of the nation’s top environmental organizations, including Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society and Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA. Also, Jay Leno, noted auto enthusiast and host of the “Tonight Show,” as well as automotive icon Carroll Shelby join Green Car Journal editors in rounding out the 2011 jury.[source: Pure Green Cars]