Electric car awards of 2012

Best Of 2012 Electric Car Awards

The year is barely mid way that accolades and awards are pouring in for the budding electric car market. Some will surprise you, others are obvious choices.

Volvo, Back From The Ice. As fellow writer John Goreham wrote in his C30 Electric wins "Green Car of the Year" in world's most important market: “The Volvo C30 Electric is barely a production car, yet it has just won a prestigious award in China” This comes as a surprise since the electric C30 is barely going into production and has already received the Green Car of the Year. Sometimes the original intentions of awards get muddle somewhere along the lines. Nonetheless, the electric Volvo C30 is a great EV and should make its mark in the history of electric cars.

Another European. Gone are the days of the Le Cars and their shoddy quality and handling. The newer Renaults are better, leaving behind the quality shock of the 80s. The Renault’s Twizy won the international Red Dot product design award 2012, albeit more of a design award than an electric propulsion one. This also reinforces one of my previous points that the design freedom electric cars give engineers and designers opens the doors to more futuristic and fun shapes. Still, the Twizy competed with no less than 4,515 competitors and the 30 international expert judges found the little Twizy took away the Best of the Best product design 2012.


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