Leaf Plus, Kona EV Win AJAC Canadian Green Car Awards
Today, AJAC recognized the best green options in the country for buyers of 2020 vehicles.
Sure gas is cheap at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that it will be for long. It also doesn’t mean that buyers have stopped caring about the environmental impact of their vehicles. The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s Canadian Green Car and Green Utility of the Year awards recognize the best green options in the country for buyers of new vehicles. Today, AJAC has awarded their best choices for 2020, as voted on by its membership that includes some of the top auto journalists in the country.
The award show itself was greener this year, as instead of being presented from the Vancouver International Auto Show, they were presented on Facebook Live in a much more subdued show.
Winner for Canadian Green Car of the Year was the Nissan Leaf Plus. It’s the second win in a row for the affordable EV, beating out other finalists the Nissan Altima and Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid. The Leaf Plus is the latest version of Nissan’s original hatchback EV, but it is the higher-range version. A 62 kWh battery pack allows an electric range of up to 363 km, along with a more powerful 214 hp motor with 250 lb-ft of torque.
Winning the Canadian Green Utility of the Year award is the Hyundai Kona EV. It beats out Hyundai’s Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell powered crossover and the Jaguar I-Pace EV, which won the award last year as well as taking home Canadian Utility of the Year this year and last.
Hyundai’s Jean-Francois Taylor said that “we simply can’t get enough of them for Canadians.” He added that “it really is the first EV in Canada that is truly what the public is looking for right now. It has enough range…everyday luxury features, and it’s the right format,” referring to the compact crossover body style that is one of the hottest segments in the market right now in this country. The Kona EV offers an estimated 415 km of all-electric range thanks to a 64 kWh battery pack, and delivers 201 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque.
For the green awards, AJAC members look at different criteria than the would for the overall awards. The scoring includes fuel economy or electric efficiency, innovative green features, how the green technologies enhance the vehicle and other award-specific questions.