It’s car awards season! Here are the finalists for 2016 Green Car of the Year. The award is handed out every year by the Green Car Journal.
This year’s five finalists are very different vehicles but they have one thing in common. They’re all plug-ins.
We’ll find out the winner next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
- One is the BMW 330E i-Performance sports sedan. It’s the most powerful on this year’s list of finalists. The hybrid powertrain is good for 248 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque
- The all-new Chevrolet Bolt is unsurprisingly on the list. Chevy’s first mass production battery-electric car will offer an impressive 238-mile range on a single charge. It offers one-pedal driving under certain conditions which helps generate more energy to the battery.
- The new Chrysler Pacifica also makes the cut. It’s the first minivan in its class to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It’s good for 30 miles of all-electric driving and will drive in pure-electric mode all the way up to 120 mph. It charges in about two hours on 240V with the 6.6-kW onboard unit.
- The green Kia Optima lineup, which includes a new hybrid and plug-in model, also makes the shortlist. The plug-in will make 27 miles on electric power alone. A full recharge takes about 3 hours with a 240-volt power outlet.
- The Toyota Prius Prime rounds out the finalists. It features an EPA-estimated 22-25 miles of range on electric mode. It produces 121-horses like other Prius models.
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