2023 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Finalists — USA

2023 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Finalists — USA


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The yr 2023 has come to a detailed, we’ve obtained official 2023 gross sales numbers in, and it’s time to finalize CleanTechnica Automotive of the Yr winners! We now have determined to do two awards this yr — one for the USA and one for Europe. On this article, I’m together with the finalists for the USA award and a poll for you to vote for your choice. Earlier than introducing the automobiles and commencing the voting, although, let’s take a fast take a look at the principles.

The primary purpose is to decide on the car that we expect could have the most important internet optimistic affect on the world. That may imply the electrical car that’s anticipated to get essentially the most gross sales and thus exchange essentially the most fossil fueled autos, or it may imply that we expect the car is transformative and can affect the auto business past its personal gross sales alone. It’s your name to determine which of the finalists you suppose could have essentially the most affect. This yr, although, since we’re doing region-specific awards, the duty is to select the car you suppose could have essentially the most optimistic affect on the world from throughout the boundaries of the award area (in different phrases, if one mannequin can be being bought in China and the others aren’t, that doesn’t give the mannequin bought in China any benefit on this competitors).

When it comes to candidates, the fashions should arrive available on the market within the final two quarters of the earlier yr (2022 on this case) or the primary two quarters of the award yr (2023 on this case). Being half a yr previous the top of that arrival interval, we should always all have a fantastic probability to contemplate the alternatives and provide you with our best choice! That stated, this can be a more difficult yr than most and I truly don’t have any clue for as soon as which mannequin will win.

The Toyota BZ4X is just not grabbing essentially the most headlines on EV websites. And, frankly, it’s removed from my favourite EV. However nobody can deny Toyota is a behemoth model with massive pull, particularly within the “inexperienced” enviornment resulting from its early management with hybrids. It’s undoubtedly true that Toyota has been a big laggard within the eyes of many EV followers (myself included), however there’s at all times been the chance that after Toyota is making an attempt with BEVs, will probably be a pacesetter. Is the BZ4X making an attempt? Nicely, that’s up for debate, however it’s within the prime car class most patrons need immediately, and it did have greater than 5,000 gross sales within the second half of 2023 (2,827 within the third quarter and a couple of,843 within the 4th quarter). Does the BZ4X have the potential to vary the world? Nicely, that’s one thing so that you can determine.

Key specs and pricing:

  • MSRP = $43,070
  • EPA Vary = 252 miles (for the bottom mannequin on the base MSRP proven above)
  • Max Charging Fee = 150 kW

The Nissan Ariya is in the identical car class and comes from an early BEV chief (relatively than an early hybrid chief). Higher? That’s largely as much as private preferences in styling. I strongly desire the Ariya’s styling. Although, it must be famous that the Ariya is weak on the specs finish, and objectively worse than the BZ4X above. That stated, the Ariya is seeing higher gross sales. It had greater than 8,000 within the second half of 2023 (4,504 within the third quarter and three,765 within the 4th quarter).

Key specs and pricing:

  • MSRP = $43,190
  • EPA Vary = 216 miles (for the bottom mannequin on the base MSRP proven above)
  • Max Charging Fee = 130 kW

Now we’re in a distinct territory. The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV could also be an analogous measurement and form to the 2 fashions above, however it prices much more. And, usually, I wouldn’t give a lot weight to a high-end mannequin, as a result of luxurious autos have much less mass-market potential and BEVs have been infiltrating the posh marketplace for a decade. Nevertheless, Mercedes has been shifting BEVs higher than most, I really feel like I see this mannequin on the highway in all places, and I believe the mannequin is sort of aggressive in its car class. A testomony to that’s the truth that it scored almost 8,000 gross sales within the second half of 2023 (3,488 within the third quarter and 4,271 within the 4th). That’s almost as many because the Nissan Ariya. And that’s regardless of competing with different Mercedes electrical SUVs. Does the EQE SUV get as a lot consideration because it deserves? Does it fly beneath the radar an excessive amount of? You determine.

Key specs and pricing:

  • MSRP = $77,900
  • EPA Vary = 279 miles (for the bottom mannequin on the base MSRP proven above)
  • Max Charging Fee = 170 kW

Final however not least is the Hyundai IONIQ 6. This sedan has a futuristic look that’s additionally a little bit of a throwback to the GM EV1. It’s hyper environment friendly, but provides extra space inside than the outside implies. It’s enjoyable, secure, and zippy. What extra do you want? (Don’t say a better seating place on the highway). I believe it’s additionally notable that this mannequin actually catches the attention, doubtlessly serving to to coach folks about EVs. Apparently, the IONIQ 6 is barely cheaper than the Toyota BZ4X or Nissan Ariya. At a smaller measurement, one would suppose it could be a bit cheaper, however it does provide extra vary and quicker charging than these fashions. And, main the pack, the IONIQ 6 had almost 10,000 gross sales within the second half of 2023 within the USA (5,073 within the third quarter and 4,681 within the 4th quarter). That stated, does that imply it should have extra affect and a much bigger optimistic affect on the world? That’s so that you can determine.

Key specs and pricing:

  • MSRP = $42,450
  • EPA Vary = 361 miles (for the bottom mannequin on the base MSRP proven above)
  • Max Charging Fee = 239 kW

What do you suppose? Full the brief ballot by clicking here or through the embedded ballot under to find out this yr’s CleanTechnica Automotive of the Yr for the USA.

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