Green Car Vision Award acknowledges a vehicle that best envisions the road ahead. Finalists must either be in demonstration programs or in their early phases of commercialization for the U.S. market, but not yet on sale.
This year’s award, as in years past, will be presented on Jan. 27, the second of two policy days at the Washington Auto Show.
Here are the nominees:
Ford Focus BEV, which is based on the automaker’s all-new 2012 Focus model, will be introduced in the U.S. sometime in 2011. The automaker is leveraging global platforms like the Focus and collaborating with key powertrain suppliers like Magna International as part of its global electrification strategy.
The Honda Fit EV concept shares the direction and styling of the upcoming production Fit EV that will be coming to U.S. shores in 2012. The five-passenger electric will be powered by lithium-ion batteries and feature Econ, Normal, and Sport modes to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration.
Mitsubishi will produce the newly-named Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle, a battery powered iteration of the automaker’s popular ‘i’ minicar sold in Japan. Retooled and larger for U.S. tastes, this lithium-ion powered car will be sold in four Western states starting in November 2011 with a national rollout to follow.
Toyota’s RAV4 EV will begin a demonstration program in 2011 with plans for market arrival of a fully engineered vehicle in 2012. The automaker has partnered with Tesla to fast-track development, with Tesla providing the lithium metal oxide battery and related components and Toyota handling the rest.
The Volvo C30 DRIVe is an electric variant of this automaker’s small sport hatchback that’s powered by lithium-ion batteries from Indiana-based ENER1. A small test fleet is currently operating in Sweden with a larger demonstration of DRIVe electrics planned for Europe, China, and the U.S. in 2011.