Just as there are many sites reporting on cars, energy, and the planet out there, many awards have been created to call attention to a variety of focus areas for each of these topics. Over the years, we have looked long and hard specifically for automotive awards that represent what we at CleanTechnica stand for, but have yet to find any that resonate. Having started this site to catalyze action and to engage a community, we decided that the time was right to launch our very own award — the CleanTechnica Car of the Year Award — to represent our ideal car for the upcoming year.
This new award seeks out the best cars of the upcoming year based on:
- How green the car is, with specific focus on the car’s efficiency, materials, and manufacturing footprints.
- How consumer friendly the vehicle is.
- The overall, net-positive impact on the planet.
In other words, we want to highlight the cars that pull a high number of buyers away from dirtier cars, the cars that use the greenest materials, the cars that are manufactured in a greener way, and the cars that have chart-topping efficiency.
Based on these criteria, we have selected the following finalists for the 2016 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Award:
- 2016 Chevy Volt
- 2016 Nissan LEAF
- Tesla Model X
- Tesla Model S 70/70D
How is the winner selected? We’re glad you asked! Since one of our key means of catalyzing change is community (that’s you!), we need each of you to vote. Whether this is your first time on the site or you have been a daily reader since the beginning, we need you to hop on down to the link/poll below and vote. It’s easy and just takes a few seconds.
Here’s a link to the poll if the embedded poll above doesn’t work for you.
The Fine Print
Please, only one vote per person. Voting closes December 31st, 2015, at 11:59:59 GMT. Winner will be announced via a post on CleanTechnica on January 1, 2016, followed by an official award to be presented to the winning manufacturer by January 31st, 2016.