Los Angeles Mayor Anotonio Villaraigosa with the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas which has been named 2012 Green Car of the Year at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times / November 7, 2011)
Premiering this week, the LA Auto Show, the first North American auto show of the season, will set the tone for the rest of the year. And while green cars often make an appearance at the LA show, catering to California’s eco-friendly drivers, this year there are more than 70 alternative fuel and high-efficiency vehicles on display.
Of those vehicles, five are in the running for the Green Car of the Year award. Nominated by Green Car Journal editors, the finalists included the Ford Focus Electric, the Honda Civic Natural Gas, the Mitsubishi I, the Toyota Prius V, and the Volkswagon Passat TDI. On Thursday morning, the Civic took home the prize, joining last year’s winner, the Chevrolet Volt.
The five finalists represent multiple types of alternative fuels: electricity, natural gas, gas-electric hybrids, and diesel fuel. “This year’s Green Car of the Year finalists underscore that there is no single solution to our transportation challenges,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com, in a written statement.
This myriad of choices represents a lot of options for consumers. But that isn’t a bad thing. According to Medill Reports, “It all comes back to fuel efficiency. The survey showed that 83 percent of its respondents said they would be willing to pay more for a more fuel efficient vehicle and listed cost savings as the No. 1 motivator with environmental friendliness coming in at No. 2.”
With the growing availability of different types and capabilities of alternative-fuel vehicles—and the subsequent increases of the numbers of those vehicles on the road—it’s becoming more and more important to have first responders who are well-trained in addressing all types of vehicles. That’s why EV Safety Training is committed to educating every first responder in the country: to keep you driving green, and driving safe.