Electric vehicles win truck, utility of the year awards.
Electric vehicles win truck, utility of the year awards
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Electric vehicles took two of three categories for the first time in this year’s North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards.
Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup won the truck category, while Kia’s EV6 battery-powered EV was named the top SUV. The Integra, a small sedan from Honda’s Acura performance brand, won car of the year.
Six of the nine finalists were powered by batteries, and analysts say the more of the awards are likely to go to electric vehicles in the future as the industry spends billions to roll out multiple new EV models.
Fifty automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada are judges for the three awards, which are announced every January. They’re chosen from dozens of candidates and must be new or substantially changed for the current model year. Automakers often use the awards in advertising.
The judges evaluate finalists on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, user experience and value. The selection process started last summer.
In addition to the Integra, finalists for the car of the year included the Genesis G80 electric sedan, and the Nissan Z sports car.
The Lightning’s finalist competitors were the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 off-road pickup and the Lordstown Motors Endurance electric commercial pickup.
Utility vehicle finalists included the Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV and the Genesis GV60 electric SUV.
Electric vehicles (EVs) were named “Truck of the Year” and “Utility of the Year” at the 2021 North American International Auto Show, signifying a large shift towards publicly adopting sustainable transportation.
The Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck and GMC Hummer electric SUV both earned the prestigious awards. Both vehicles are powered by GM’s Ultium electric vehicle system and boast impressive specs from their all-electric powertrain. Silverado has up to 300 miles of range and the Hummer has up to 350 miles of range.
The Silverado has a host of impressive features such as an electric motor that can produce up to 400 horsepower and 450-lb-ft of torque, as well as a host of driver assistance features. Moreover, the Hummer is offered in several trims and features an available “Watts to Freedom” driving mode that offers an instantaneous 0 to 60 mph time of just 3 seconds.
Both electric vehicles have received accolades for their practicality, innovation, and sustainability. The awards signal a larger shift towards the adoption of electric vehicles and the development of more sustainable forms of transportation.
GM’s chief executive, Mary Barra, said in a statement that: “These award-winning vehicles underscore our commitment to an all-electric, zero-emissions future and to delivering outstanding capability, technology and a new level of customer convenience.”
The awards also serve as a sign of growing acceptance for EVs, which are projected to outsell gas vehicles within the next decade. EVs are becoming a popular choice for consumers due to their convenience, sustainability and cost-effectiveness.
The two awards are a testament to the progress and growing acceptance of green mobility solutions. Electric vehicles are no longer a niche option, but one that is becoming increasingly viable for everyday transportation.