Chevy Bolt Chosen as Finalist for North American Car of the Year
Man, the Chevy Bolt is just raking in award after award, over here. It is Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, it picked up a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars list, and it is Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year.
Hopefully, a little bit of room was saved on the Bolt’s creaking award shelf, because it has been chosen as one of three finalists for the North American Car of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
For this award, the Bolt faces two foes that it took on for Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award—the Genesis G90 and Volvo S90. While before I may have been skeptical of the Bolt’s chances—given that the other two are fabulous large luxury sedans and the Bolt has been designed as a pseudo-crossover compact people’s car—due to its Motor Trend victory I am more optimistic.
After all, if it is successful, the new Bolt will not just herald a new nameplate for the company, but the taking off of electric vehicles into the mainstream. Perhaps a victory here would mean even more interest in electric vehicles from consumers, and as a result, automakers.
That is, if we can get something like the four-automaker effort to build a system of fast-charger stations like we will shortly have in Europe. Infrastructure is still, of course, a problem.
News Sources: Ward’s Auto, North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Awards