Today at the New York Auto Show, the Honda FCX Clarity was named the World Green Car of the Year. It beat out competition from an initial list of 22 cars, but ultimately went up against other top 3 finalists the Mitsubishi iMiEV and the Toyota iQ.
The judges credited the FCX Clarity for advancing hydrogen fuel-cell technology to the closest it's been to mainstream success yet, but also stated that governments need to do more to create infrastructure that will allow cars like the FCX Clarity to really take off.
The FCX Clarity is still only in limited release in California, but, as announced at the NY Auto Show, runner-up iMiEV will definitely be released in the U.S. sometime "before 2012."
Cars were eligible for the Green Car of the Year Award if they had been in at least one major market during 2008, but could either be in full production or a prototype with limited release for evaluation. The judges considered emissions, fuel efficiency and use of technology when choosing among the entries.
Last year's winner was the 60-mpg BMW 118d.
via Autoblog Green
written by Andy, April 10, 2009
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