The Washington Auto Show on January 31, is giving automakers a chance to showcase some of their latest models, allowing event goers to see the latest innovations within the industry.
Finalists have recently been named for the Green Car Journal's inaugural Green Car Technology Award, which will be announced on the second day of the Washington Auto Show. Ten technologies have been nominated but only one can win. The vehicle with the best technology creating a next generation in fuel efficiency, alternative fuel or low emissions will receive the coveted award.
"The 'green' technologies that make possible achieving ever-higher efficiencies and lower environmental impact are often the unsung heroes of the automotive world," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "Whether employed in alternative fuel or conventionally powered vehicles, these technologies work in their own ways toward bringing us more environmentally positive transportation without sacrificing the functionality and driving enjoyment we expect from our vehicles."
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New technologies nominated for the Green Technology Award include advanced powerplants and drivetrain components that increase efficiency, reduce the use of petroleum and improve environmental impact.
"The Washington Auto Show is the perfect forum for The Green Car Technology Award," said Washington Auto Show Chairman Robert Fogarty. "As the automotive industry's Policy Show, we are committed to showcasing advancements in eco-friendly systems, alternative fuel engines and other clean air technologies to both our customer community and the policy makers who represent our industry on Capitol Hill. We are honored to have the opportunity to host the nominees and winners for this important award's inaugural year."
One technology up for the award is the EcoBoost offering in certain Ford vehicles. The direct injection system and turbocharging allows vehicles to achieve 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to conventional gasoline engines.
Ford recently posted sales gains across all segments, partially due to this technology. Jim Farley, Ford's executive vice president, global marketing, sales and service said their wide range of EcoBoost engines, including the 1.0-liter in small cars to the fuel efficient 3.5 liter in the capable F-series pickup, are what helped increase sales in 2012.