Chevrolet Volt is the 2011 Green Car of the Year

Every year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Green Car Journal crowns one new car the Green Car of the Year.

The Volt's solution to "range anxiety" helped it nab the top spot this year.
The Volt's solution to "range anxiety" helped it nab the top spot this year. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

Every year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Green Car Journal crowns one new car the Green Car of the Year. This year that vehicle is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

In previous years, this honor has gone to vehicles as varied as the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid to Toyota's Prius, while the last two years have been dominated by Volkswagen and Audi's TDI vehicles. This year, Chevrolet brings it back to the electric camp with its solution to what GM calls range anxiety: a range extended EV powertrain that starts as an electric, but features a gasoline engine that assists once battery levels get low.

The Volt faced competition from the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Fiesta, and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for the award. Green Car Journal's panelists cite the Volt's 25-to-50 mile pure electric range and additional extended range of 300 miles as factors in their decision. This news comes at a very good time since today is GM's IPO, which is selling quite well at time of publication.

Check out CNET Car Tech's own driving impressions of the 2011 Green Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Volt.

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