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Finalists Named for 2013 Green Car Technology Award

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The 2013 Washington Auto Show will play host to Green Car Journal’s inaugural Green Car Technology Award presentation, and we’ve got the list of finalists.

According to a press release from the Washington Auto Show, the award seeks to highlight “enabling technology” available today that is helping “create a new generation of fuel efficient, alternative fuel, or low emission vehicles.”

Green Car Journal Editor and Publisher Ron Cogan said the technologies nominated for the award “work in their own ways toward bringing us more environmentally positive transportation without sacrificing the functionality and driving enjoyment we expect from our vehicles.”

Without further ado, the 10 finalists for the award are:

  • Fiat MultiAir. The release says it is a “simple, low power requirement, low-cost” technology that lowers engine emissions and fuel consumption while increasing horsepower. The best of both worlds?
  • Fisker Automotive EVer. The release calls it “well suited to the needs of high-end sport sedan buyers” who want to reduce their impact on the environment.
  • Ford Auto Stop-Start. This technology brought a feature commonly found in hybrids– which usually shuts down the gasoline engine when the car comes to a complete stop and automatically restarts it when the driver’s foot comes off the brake– and put it in regular cars.
  • Ford EcoBoost. The technology uses turbochargers and direct gasoline injection to achieve better fuel economy without sacrificing performance as compared to non-EcoBoost engines, the release said.
  • Ford Energi. In short, this is Ford’s plug-in hybrid vehicle technology.
  • Honda Eco Assist.The feature reportedly includes a driver-selectable ECON mode that makes the engine and other resource-using features behave more efficiently to maximize fuel economy.
  • Mazda SKYACTIV. Basically, Mazda took a look at everything on their cars and tried to improve the sum by tweaking the parts– especially the engines.
  • Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert. This system makes filling the tires to their correct air pressure easier by beeping the car’s horn when the tire’s TPMS sensor registers the correct pressure. Of course since low tire pressure is a drag on fuel economy, this is seen as a green technology.
  • Tesla Powertrain. Calling the Tesla Model S powertrain “a milestone for electric vehicles” kind of lets you know where their head is at with recommending this as a finalist.
  • Toyota RAV4 EV Powertrain. Okay, so Toyota developed this one with Tesla, and since they like Tesla’s Powertrain, they were bound to like this one, too. The release said it provides the RAV4 with a “seamless and satisfying driving experience.” So there you go.

The winner of the inaugural Green Car Technology Award will be announced Thursday, Jan. 31. For more about the award or the Washington Auto Show, visit www.WashingtonAutoShow.com.

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