The BMW i3 won the 10th annual Green Car of the Year Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Thursday.
The all-electric car beat out a bi-fuel compressed natural gas Chevy Impala, Audi A3TDI, Honda Fit and VW Golf.
“Our Green Car of the Year winner stands out as one of the most unique vehicles ever to be introduced by any automaker,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com, during the unveiling. “It breaks the mold.”
The award — given by Green Car Journal — recognizes and honors environmental leadership in the automotive industry.
Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Availability to the mass market is a factor to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by Jan. 1 of the award year.
The finalists represented a wide-range of powertrains — from traditional internal combustion engines to plug-in hybrids — but all were affordable mass-market products that provide drivers full functionality and mainstream appeal.
The Honda Accord won the award last year.