Yesterday, the three finalists for the World Green Car of the Year were announced. The Honda FCX Clarity, the Mitsubishi iMiEV and the Toyota iQ were picked as the top contenders. The choices show that advancements have been made since last year when the winner was the BMW 118d - a 60 mpg diesel engine car. Here's a quick synopsis of the finalists.
The first contender, the Honda FCX Clarity, runs on a hydrogen fuel cell and can travel 270 miles per tank of hydrogen. The drawback to the car, of course, is that you'd have to live in one of the few areas that have a hydrogen filling station and stay close to it, but the upside is that the Clarity runs gasoline and emission-free.
The Mitsubishi iMiEV is a subcompact, all-electric vehicle that has been praised for its great handling and quick acceleration. The EV can reach a top speed of around 80 mph and has an 85-mile range on a full charge.
The Toyota iQ is a tiny four-seater with a 1.0 liter engine that has already won its share of accolades, including Japan's Car of the Year Award. The manual transmission model can get up to 67 mpg.
The winner will be chosen on April 9, 2009.
written by Kyle, March 12, 2009
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