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Published on January 27th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

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Audi e-tron vs. Hyundai Kona EV vs. Jaguar I-PACE vs. Kia e-Niro vs. Nissan LEAF e+ — Vote Now!

January 27th, 2019 by  


Two weeks ago, we published our 2019 CleanTechnica Car of the Year finalists. In case you missed that announcement or just felt too lazy to take 10 seconds to vote, we wanted to give you a friendly second chance to take part in the fun. (It only costs $10,000 to vote.)

Kidding aside, I’m republishing a portion of the initial article to explain the focus of the award, list the finalists again, and tell you how to vote (ahem, it’s a one-question poll). After this coming week, the polls will be closed and we’ll be announcing the winner.

Also, as a side note, I’ll tell you that one model does currently have a decent lead, but it’s not such a dramatic frontrunner as we had last year (the Model 3), so there’s still a chance of toppling it. Of course, I can’t tell you which model it is that’s in the lead or any other details about the current tally, so I guess this is more a cruel teaser than anything else, but the point is — voting counts! Just do it!

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? And 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).

The importance of impact 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 close to that.

With that in mind, jump straight to the survey via this link to vote or can scroll down through the images, specs, and prices of the 2019 finalists 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

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

 

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Also, in case you missed previous editions of the CleanTechnica Car of the Year award, the winners were: Tesla Model 3 (2018), Chevy Bolt (2017), and 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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