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Monday, January 30, 2017

Giving green awards to gasoline cars raises no eyebrows in Trump's new Washington

Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Honda are among the major automakers that have dragged their feet on marketing battery-driven, zero-emissions electric cars and SUVs. But that didn't stop Green Car Journal from awarding Green Car of the Year Awards to three of their hybrids, which use plenty of gasoline and contribute to climate change.


By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Car Journal and GreenCar.com have absolutely no connection to the new Trump administration, which is trying to complete oil pipelines and hopes to revive the coal industry.

But this reporter questions why the magazine still is awarding its Green Car Awards to cars and SUVs that use gas, even though that might seem like a contradiction everywhere but in the nation's capital.

In the 10th year of the awards, Publisher and Editor Ron Cogan staged a media event at The Washington Auto Show to announce the latest winners in three categories. 

The only all-electric vehicle that made the finals was Tesla's elegant Model X, a 7-passenger SUV with Falcon Wing doors and full self-driving hardware.

Inexplicably, Cogan chose the Mercedes-Benz C350e -- a cramped plug-in hybrid sedan -- over the Tesla as winner of the 2017 Connected Green Car of the Year Award.

The Mercedes claims to get 45 MPGe (gas + electric) in the city, but can travel only 11 miles on its battery and electric motor.

Of course, Model X is a zero-emissions vehicle that uses no gasoline, and can travel 295 miles on a full charge.


None of the finalists for 2017 Green SUV of the Year are all-electric, and a couple of them aren't even gas-electric hybrids.

BMW and Acura 

Cogan chose the BMW X5 xDrive40e as winner of the Green SUV of the Year Award, and gave the nod for Luxury Green Car of the Year to the Acura NSX hybrid supercar.

Cogan made no mention of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which was on display in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where the Green Car Awards were announced last Thursday.

He crowned the all-electric Bolt the 2017 Green Car of the Year last November.

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