The all-electric Tesla Model S has been hailed as the 2013 World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.
The Model S won over the all-electric Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid who were tough contenders for the prestigious award. Three finalists emerged from an initial entry list of 21 new vehicles worldwide.
“The success of Model S is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport and we are grateful to the World Car of the Year Jury for the recognition,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and chief executive officer.
“Winning the 2013 World Green Car award is great acknowledgment of what Tesla has accomplished with Model S in the last four years.”
Eligible cars for the sought-after award must be all-new or substantially revised in production and are currently available to the public in quantities of no less than 10 in at least one major market from January 1, 2012 and to May 30 this year.
In a bid to increase environmental sustainability among vehicles, criteria including tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption and use of a major advanced power plant technology apart from engine componentry were also considered.
Presented by Japan’s Bridgestone Corporation, the Green Car of the Year was awarded during the World Car of the Year awards which also named the World Car Design of the Year and the World Performance Car of the Year.
Tesla Model S comes with a sleek design and can accommodate up to seven passengers. It offers three battery options – 40 kilowatt hours, 60 kWh and 85 kWh – each delivering unprecedented capacity. On its 85 kWh battery pack, the Model S can travel for as up to 285 miles on a single charge without any tailpipe emissions.
Last November 2012, the Model S was also named Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year. – EcoSeed Staff