We may not be flocking to hybrids and EVs in Australia at the moment (check out our coverage here), however environmental credentials are a big concern for many overseas car buyers.
We’re getting closer to the naming of the 2018 Green Car of the Year award with the five finalists being confirmed today.
The coveted award, an initiative of the Green Car Journal, will be announced at the upcoming LA Auto Show.
Of the five finalists, none is currently available in Australia, though three of the five are heading our way, these vehicles are:
2018 Nissan LEAF – The new-generation of the world’s best-selling EV was recently unveiled and will be in Australia mid to late 2018.
2018 Toyota Camry – (pictured above) The new-generation Camry will launch into Australia soon (and we will be in attendance). The hybrid version is said to be sportier and more dynamic than those that have gone before it (the cabbies will be happy about that!).
2018 Hyundai IONIQ – Available overseas with a choice of electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains, though there is no official word yet on which versions we will be offered here when the IONIQ lands later in the year.
At this stage it looks unlikely that we will see either of those vehicles at any point in the near future in Australia (though we will keep you updated).
Commenting on the five finalists, Green Car Journal editor, Ron Cogan, says they are all deserving of the recognition.
“This year’s finalists reflect the continuing evolution of the automobile and the drive toward ever-greater environmental compatibility,”
“Each car addresses environmental performance in distinct ways, using battery electric propulsion, highly-efficient internal combustion alone or combined with electric drive, and even hydrogen fuel cell power.
“Importantly, these are exciting and fun-to-drive models offering consumers varying ways to drive ‘green’ that fit their unique needs and sensibilities, and are readily available to the mass market.”
We will bring you the results as they come to hand from LA in late November.