Green Car Journal announces five finalists for 2012 award

Green Car Journal will announce the 2012 Green Car Vision Award at the Washington Auto Show's Public Policy Preview Day.

Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe is one of five finalists for the Green Car Vision Award. GM

Green Car Journal announced five finalists for the publication's annual Green Car Vision Award. The award recognizes innovations in fuel efficiency, low emissions, alternative fuels, or electric power.

To be considered for the Green Car Vision Award, vehicles must be in demonstration on public highways today or nearing commercialization but not yet widely available to consumers, Green Car Journal said in a press release.

The five finalists include the BMW i3 , the Cadillac ELR , the Ford's C-MAX Energi , the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell, and the Tesla Model S .

The 2012 Green Car Vision Award winner will be announced at the Washington Auto Show's Public Policy Preview Day at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, on Jan. 26, 2012.

"While all five of this year's Green Car Vision Award finalists integrate electric drive, they accomplish their mission in distinctly different ways through the use of diverse electric power sources," Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of, said in a press release. "It's this diversity that will bring the kind of choices required to make electric drive a force in the marketplace."


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