Tesla Model 3 Won’t be Judged as Part of NACTOY Awards

The Tesla Model 3 will not be judged as part of the North American Car of the Year awards this year.

According to The Detroit News, Tesla will not participate in this year’s NACTOY awards it is “focused on scaling up production and could not have a car available for jury testing.”

Without the Model 3 to contest this year’s NACTOY awards, no dedicated electric vehicles will be eligible to receive the Car of the Year designation. The Hyundai Ioniq has made the short-list of vehicles up for the award, but judging for that car will include both the Ioniq plug-in hybrid and Ioniq Electric. Last year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV took top honors at NACTOY, so it’s a shame another dedicated EV won’t be entered this time around.

This article originally appeared at AutoGuide.com.

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