LOS ANGELES -- In past years, pure electric cars have barely made it to the final five in Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year selection, but this year thetook the top honor. Green Car Journal announced the winner during the press preview days of the Los Angeles auto show.
Thewas nominated in 20111, but lost out to the . Many hybrid cars have shown up among the nominees and won the award in past years.
The BMW i3 beat out a field which included the.
Although the i3 only gets a range of 80 to 100 miles from its 22 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, comparable to many other compact electric cars on the road, Green Car Journal judges praised it for forward-thinking construction and BMW's more general plans around sustainable transportation. The i3's range extender engine option also gives it more flexibility for owners.