The three finalists for the World Green Car award have been chosen. The top three finalist were selected from a list of twenty finalists. The World Green Car is awarded to a car that has made significant strides in making a lower impact on the environment through high fuel efficiency, creative new design, use of alternative means of propulsion, and other aspects that create a vehicle that has a lower overall impact on the environment.
The three finalist are the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, an all electric vehicle with a cruising range of up to 100 miles, the Toyota iQ, a pint sized city car with a 1 liter gas engine and great fuel economy with reports of up to 60 mpg, and the Honda FCX Clarity, a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Vehicle eligibity for this award does not require the vehicle to be available on a large scale. The FCX Clarity is the only vehicle on the list that is available in the U.S. and is only available to a few selected people. The other two vehicles are not available yet in the U.S. market.
Out of the list of three, only one is powered by electricity, the i-MiEv. Advanced technologies from all three cars will likely find their way into other vehicles in the future. The i-MiEV is currently not available in the U.S.
The winner of the World Green Car award will be announced at the New York Auto Show coming up in April. Several other award recipients will also be named there.