The BMW i3 and i8 haven’t been around for long, but already the world has sat up and taken notice of the two cutting-edge electric models from the German automaker. The i3 in particular has garnered plenty of attention since its release, cinching titles like 2015 Yahoo Green Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2015 Green Car of the Year, and 2014 World Green Car of the Year. Now, it looks like it’s time for the i3 to take a step back and hand the spotlight over to its sporty sibling, the i8, which was just this morning named 2015 World Green Car of the Year at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
“We feel extremely honored, receiving this prestigious World Green Car award for the BMW i8,” said Ulrich Kranz, Director of the BMW i Model Line. “Together with the 2014 World Green Car Award for the BMW i3 it just confirms the rightfulness of our purpose-built strategy when it comes to electric cars. BornElectric instead of conversion is the way to go.”
The BMW i8 was chosen from a list of 10 nominees, which included the Volkswagen Golf GTE and the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. Judges included experts from Popular Mechanics, the UK’s Autocar mazagine, GreenCarReports.com, and more. The five total judges picked the i8 because of its unique mixture of style, efficiency, handling ability, and practicality. Categories investigated include fuel consumption, tailpipe emissions, and overall effect on the environment.
For a vehicle to be considered for the World Green Car award, it must be either completely new or extensively redesigned, currently in production, and released for sale between January 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
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