The Green Car Vision Award Finalists
"Vehicles offering dramatically improved environmental performance are crucial to helping us move beyond today's challenges of oil dependence and growing environmental impacts. While not yet widely available in new car showrooms, these vehicles each inspire in important ways with their advanced powertrains, use of cleaner or more sustainable fuels, vastly improved efficiencies, or a combination of these attributes," editor and publisher of Green Car Journal Ron Cogan said.
Unlike most concept cars which always promise this and that, these cars are actually real, either in limited production or in demonstration programs, some even on the road to commercialization.
Four of the 2009 Green Car Vision Award finalists come from major car manufacturers, thus busting the myth that innovation will only come from outside the traditional automotive industry. The fifth car comes from a new company, Fisker Automotive at the helm of which is Henrik Fisker, a former director of Ford's Global Advanced Design Studio and before that president of BMW division DesignWorks USA.
The Chevrolet Volt is scheduled for introduction in late 2010, unlike the Fisker Karma which is to enter production next month and will be set for sale in late 2009.
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