The all-new 2011 Chevrolet Volt continues to rack up laurels, its most recent having been named Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year as the LA Auto Show. The Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) was the first EV to be awarded that honor by Green Car Journal in the seventh year of its annual competition. It topped a field of five finalists that also included the 2011 Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Nissan LEAF. In presenting the award, Green Car Journal editor and publisher Ron Cogan noted "This has been a long time coming. The electric vehicles that were test marketed in the 1990s tantalized us, but were without a solid business case. What a difference a decade makes."
Joel Ewanick, General Motors vice president, U.S. Marketing, who actually drove a new Volt 2,394 miles from Detroit to the Los Angeles International Auto Show, was on hand to accept the award, stating that it validated Chevolet's promise to deliver a genuinely practical electric vehicle, adding "The Volt's a transformational technology that will lead our industry into a new age of vehicle electrification." Specifically, that Voltec package combines an electric drive motor and lithium-ion battery pack that contains enough power to let the car travel 25-50 miles with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine generator that can create sufficient supplemental electric power to let the Volt travel up to 300 addition miles before needing a refill/recharge.
Earlier in the week, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt had been named the Car of the Year by Motor Trend and Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine.