Each year, 70 automotive journalists from across Canada descend on Niagara Falls, ON, to test the year’s newest cars, with the ultimate goal to name a Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year
. This year, however, a selection of the 70 voted on an additional award, the Canadian Green Car of the Year Award.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), defines a green car as “a vehicle which, for its size and purpose, provides the Canadian consumer with environmentally-friendly returns favourable amongst other vehicles in its class.” Basically, it means that just because a car—a hybrid, for example—has several “green” qualities, it doesn’t mean that it’s a lock for the award. It has to be practical, too, and maybe even fun to drive.
So, it appears the 2015 Kia Soul EV
ticked all the right boxes; it’s full-electric, it looks cool, it comes well-equipped and it doesn’t even lose any cargo space in order to fit its battery bank. Plus, you get access to its 210 lb.-ft. of torque right away, because you don’t have to wait for the revs to build to get that power.
“(The green car award) is important because it endorses the versatility of a product from a young brand in Canada,” said Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada.
Of the Seven eligible vehicles, four were finalists; Kia beat out the Honda Fit
, Subaru Legacy
and Toyota Camry Hybrid
for top honours.
Next year, AJAC plans on expanding the award even further, adding a Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year award to the Green Car prize.
As far as other green activities at the Vancouver International Auto Show
goes, guests with a valid driver’s license will have the opportunity to try out a handful of electric cars from Ford at the show, as well; the C-Max Energi, Focus EV and Fusion Energi will all be on-hand to give show-goers a taste of what EV motoring is all about.
Or, if you’re in the mood for a more “out there” EV experience, be sure to check out the fully-electric Bigfoot monster truck on display on the show’s main floor. Powered by 30 car batteries, Bigfoot EV pushes out 800 lb.-ft of torque, and better yet, it will never run out of fuel during an event!
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