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Published on December 17th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


Model X, Model S 70, 2016 Volt, or 2016 LEAF — CleanTechnica Car of the Year Voting Still Live!

December 17th, 2015 by  

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If you happened to miss the initial announcement and our chat about it on the relaunch of our Cleantech Talk podcast, I’ve stuck the finalists in the title to finally grab your attentionThere’s still time (~2 weeks) to get in your vote for the 1st annual CleanTechnica Car of the Year.

Kyle FieldMatthew Klippenstein, and I discussed the pros and cons of the 4 finalists in a bit of depth in the podcast, and I don’t want to write much more about each of them here, but here they are with short descriptors to highlight some of their biggest advantages:

  • Longest-range 100% electric car that the middle class can truly afford — 2016 Nissan LEAF
  • 53-mile (average) electric range that can cover >90% of driving, but with gas backup that lets you go anywhere — 2016 Chevy Volt
  • Market-dominating premium sedan that seats 5–7 and crushes McLarens, Porsches, Ferraris, and Hellcats off the line, with increased range and “relatively affordable” price tag — Tesla Model S 70/70D.
  • Electric SUV that has twice the MPG/MPGe of a Toyota Prius and is quicker than almost any sports car on the market… plus falcon-wing doors that will get many, many more people asking about the vehicle and learning about electric cars — Tesla Model X.

The all-important question that should decide the winner: Which one will have the greatest net-positive effect on CO2 emissions and air quality?

Vote here:

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Our Cleantech Talk podcast discussing the finalists:

And I’ll tell you that the results are still so close that I honestly wouldn’t make a bet on which I think will win. 
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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.

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