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Published on January 13th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

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2019 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Finalists

January 13th, 2019 by  


It’s time for another CleanTechnica Car of the Year competition. The cool thing is that there is no Tesla competitor this year*, which means we have a legitimate competition in which any of the finalists could win!

As in previous years, a CleanTechnica team has picked the finalists, but voters choose the winner. That means you.

Additionally, as in previous years, the metric we want voters to focus on is “greatest long-term impact.” In other words, which finalist is likely to be responsible for the most reduced emissions over time?

That doesn’t just mean pollution reductions from directly replacing gasmobiles on the streets. It also relates to influence the vehicles may have beyond that — the degree to which the models drive other automakers to offer competitive electric vehicles (if any do).

Naturally, all of the above also means that voters should try to consider how serious automakers are about selling these models in high volume — including having the battery supplies lined up and production capacity available to build as many as consumers demand, or something like that.

With all of the criteria in mind, you can jump straight to the survey in order to vote or you can scroll down through the images, specs, and prices first (I recommend it).

Kia e-Niro

Price
TBD
Range
239 miles (385 km)
Class
Subcompact Crossover SUV
Power
201 hp (150 kW), 291 lb⋅ft

Jaguar I-PACE

Price $69,500
Range
234 miles (377 km)
Class
Compact Crossover SUV
Power
395 hp (295 kW), 516 lb⋅ft

Hyundai Kona EV

Price
$36,450
Range
258 miles (415 km)
Class
Subcompact Crossover SUV
Power
201 hp (150 kW), 291 lb⋅ft

Audi e-tron

Price $75,000
Range
TBD (estimate: 248 miles, 399 km)
Class SUV
Power
355 hp (265kW), 414 lb⋅ft

Nissan LEAF e+

Price
TBD
Range
TBD (estimate: 230 miles, 370 km)
Class Compact Car
Power
213 hp (160kW), 250 lb⋅ft

The link to vote is here. Or you can quickly complete the embedded form below.

Create your own user feedback survey

As a reminder, previous CleanTechnica Car of the Year winners were: Tesla Model 3 (2018), Chevy Bolt (2017), Tesla Model X (2016).

*Note: For a model to be in the running, initial deliveries must occur sometime from Q3 of the previous year through Q2 of the competition year. Additionally, we have decided to focus only on the US & European markets since China is a completely different animal, and not only do we not have great insight into that market, but we assume most readers don’t either. 
 





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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. 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, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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