The BMW i8 won the title of 2015 World Green Car during the New York International Auto Show.
This is the second year in a row the BMW i brand wins this award, having won it last year with the BMW i3.
BMW’s BlueMotion technology won the very same award in 2010.
For 2015, the BMW i8 was chosen from an initial entry list of 10 new vehicles, then a short list of three finalists that also included the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf GTE.
Previous World Green Car winners were the BMW i3 (2014), the Tesla Model S (2013), the Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (2012), the Chevrolet Volt (2011), the Volkswagen BlueMotion (2010), the Honda FCX Clarity (2009), the BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics (2008), the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec (2007) and the Honda Civic Hybrid (2006).
To be eligible for the 2015 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to be all-new, or substantially revised, in production and introduced for sale or lease to the public in quantities of at least 10 in at least one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2014 and ending May 31, 2015. Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant technology aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle’s environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration, said the World Car Awards (WCA) organization.
The BMW i8 is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle manufactured by the BMW Group. Its 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is combined with an electric motor.