The 2014 Green Car Technology Award will be awarded at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C. later today.
The 2014 Green Car Technology Award is Green Car Journal’s creation rewarding green technology. Finalists are known and include a wide array of technologies from U.S., European, and Asian auto manufacturers.
“Advanced technology plays an increasingly important role in the development of cars and trucks capable of achieving significantly greater levels of efficiency and improved environmental impact,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “While new and advanced vehicle models get the limelight, it’s these underlying technologies that make their amazing achievements possible. Their crucial role is acknowledged through the Green Car Technology Award at the Washington Auto Show.”
Green Car Journal is a printed publication focusing on the intersection of automobiles, energy and environment since its launch in 1992.
The ten finalists are, as described by the award body:
- Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Powertrain: This three-motor, all-wheel drive Earth Dreams sport hybrid system blends high levels of performance and efficiency.
- Audi’s 3.0-liter TDI Diesel Engine: Audi’s 3.0-liter turbo direct injection engine with start-stop enables full-size vehicles to offer high fuel efficiency and great performance.
- BMW’s i3 CFRP Passenger Cell: BMW engineers an industry first with its use of a lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Passenger Cell in a production vehicle.
- Cadillac’s ELR Regen on Demand: This system allows drivers paddle shifter control of regenerative braking and deceleration to recapture energy and create on board electricity.
- Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine: Ford’s smallest EcoBoost engine applies direct injection and turbocharging to eke hybrid-like 45 highway mpg from the 2014 Fiesta.
- Honda’s Accord Plug-In Powertrain: Achieving up to 115 MPGe, Honda’s Earth Dreams plug-in powerplant allows driving in electric, hybrid, or fuel-only modes.
- Hyundai’s Fuel Cell: Bringing hydrogen propulsion to a production vehicle available in the U.S., Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell is quiet, zero-emission, and has a 300 mile range.
- Mazda’s i-ELOOP Brake Energy Regeneration System: A unique capacitor-based regenerative braking system designed to reduce parasitic engine losses that rob mpg.
- Porsche’s Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain: Fast and powerful, Porsche’s plug-in hybrid powerplant brings exceptional performance and allows all-electric driving up to 84 mph.
- Ram Truck’s 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel Engine: The first clean diesel engine for light-duty trucks in the U.S., the EcoDiesel powerplant is efficient and approved for B20 biodiesel.