Luxurious Vehicles – The Inexperienced Automobile Awards Chooses EVs (& Hybrids!) As Its 2021 Winners
Printed on November 28th, 2020 |
by Johnna Crider
November 28th, 2020 by Johnna Crider
Inexperienced Automobile Journal has been publishing “Green Car Awards” for years. CleanTechnica typically doesn’t agree with the conclusions, as a result of they’ve repeatedly slighted full electrical vehicles for inexplicable causes. Nonetheless, the 2021 Inexperienced Automobile Awards appear a bit extra inline with what we’d count on — with just a few obtrusive exceptions. Let’s take a look at which vehicles received which awards.
- Inexperienced Automobile of the 12 months: Ford Mustang Mach-E.
- Luxurious Inexperienced Automobile of the 12 months: Polestar 2.
- City Inexperienced Automobile of the 12 months: MINI Cooper SE EV.
- Household Inexperienced Automobile of the 12 months: Toyota Sienna Hybrid.
- Inexperienced SUV of the 12 months: Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid.
- Inexperienced Truck of The 12 months: Ford F-150 with Hybrid possibility
The 2021 Inexperienced Automobile of the 12 months award winners have been chosen by a jury made up of vitality and environmental leaders together with:
- Mindy Lubber, president of CERES.
- Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society.
- Dr. Alan Lloyd, president emeritus of the Worldwide Council on Clear Transportation and senior analysis fellow on the Vitality Institute, the College of Texas at Austin.
- Clay Nesler, interim president of the Alliance to Save Vitality.
- Matt Peterson, president, and CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech incubator and advisory board chair of Local weather Mayors.
- Jay Leno.
- Inexperienced Automobile Journal editors.
I do discover it unusual that hybrids are nonetheless thought of inexperienced. They’re greener than a conventional ICE car, however they nonetheless burn fossil fuels — simply not as a lot as fuel automobiles until the motive force doesn’t use the EV motor. Moreover, I can suppose of some different deserving vehicles which might be totally electrical that aren’t on the listing.
The vehicles that made it as finalists for the award have been the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel, and RAM 1500. There was no point out of Rivian or Bollinger. The difficulty is that in case you are actually about “green” then any sort of fossil gasoline car, even a prettily packaged and really nicely marketed “Eco” car, wouldn’t prime an precise pure battery electrical car. Maybe these EV vehicles didn’t meet the standards as a result of they don’t seem to be right here but — however it’s a “2021” award and the Rivian R1T is a “2021” model.
Inexperienced Household Automobile
The 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid was chosen as the highest winner on this class. Toyota Motor North America’s government vp of gross sales, Bob Carter, shared his ideas within the press launch. “The fuel efficiency of this all-new 2021 Sienna makes it a cut above the rest. This award just further highlights our dedication to hybrids in North America and we’re humbly honored to have the new Sienna be recognized as the Family Green Car of the Year for 2021.”
The EPA estimated that the successful hybrid has 36 mixed miles per gallon gasoline economic system, which apparently units a benchmark for that exact section. Nevertheless it ought to be famous that 36 MPG is nothing in comparison with what an electrical car presents and hybrids nonetheless create vital greenhouse fuel emissions, so usually are not the “greenest” vehicles on the market. Any car that makes use of fossil fuels actually isn’t that inexperienced in any respect.
An incredible different for this award would have been the Tesla Model Y.
Once more, the Model Y may have received this award, however in the event you gave it the award above, you may need to choose one thing else for this class (it appears the Inexperienced Automobile Journal staff is not going to give a car two awards). I believe one other nice battery electrical car different to the hybrid model of the Jeep Wrangler, which received this award, is the 2021 Hyundai Kona EV. It will get 258 miles of vary and doesn’t emit any greenhouse gasses once you drive it. It’s an all-around enticing car that provides many trendy goodies at an inexpensive price.
“Green” Vehicles Nonetheless Have Work To Do To Change into Emissions Free
It’s nice that automobile corporations are being awarded for having cleaner automobiles, however we nonetheless have work to do. The best state of affairs can be to see all new automobiles grow to be totally electrical within the coming few years, or the approaching decade at the very least. Developments in battery know-how have made this potential when it comes to client wants. The most important limitations in the meanwhile are client consciousness limitations and battery and EV manufacturing limits.
Sadly, many corporations are nonetheless clinging to the concept diesel is “clean” or “eco,” and that fossil fuels are acceptable — even in a “green car awards” system. I actually suppose some persons are deluding themselves as they resist change. Some corporations, reminiscent of Volkswagen, are slowly adapting, however some nonetheless imagine that fuel and diesel powertrains are going to be round for a very long time, so why not spend money on fossil gasoline car models? The difficulty is: the extra you spend money on fossil gasoline automobiles, the extra you’re investing within the heating of the planet and a rising local weather change disaster. Sustainability ought to be the complete focus — not the sustainability of fossil gasoline primarily based industries.
All of that stated, congratulations to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Polestar 2, and MINI Cooper SE EV for 2021 Inexperienced Automobile Awards wins.
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