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The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E may not be on the road yet, but it’s picking up accolades as the 2021 Green Car of the Year. The award was handed down by the Green Car Journal during a Virtual Greenbuild Conference + Expo. The Green Car Awards presentation is historically handed out at the LA Auto Show, but the event was rescheduled to May of 2021 due to COVID.
2021 Green Car of the Year
The Mustang Mach-E was selected as the 2021 Green Car of the Year by a highly-respected jury made up of energy and environmental leaders including Mindy Lubber, president of CERES; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Dr. Alan Lloyd, president emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation and senior research fellow at the Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin; Clay Nesler, interim president of the Alliance to Save Energy; and Matt Petersen, president and CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and advisory board chair of Climate Mayors. Celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno and Green Car Journal
editors rounded out the Green Car of the Year® jury.
“The Mustang Mach-E crossover is a breakthrough electric model for Ford, building on the tradition of one of the world’s most recognizable sports car nameplates as it powers its way to the future,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal
and GreenCarJournal.com. “Green Car Awards wins by Polestar, Toyota, MINI, Jeep, and Ford further underscore the depth of commitment these automakers have to offering more efficient internal combustion and electrified vehicles and illustrate the amazing choices now available to new car buyers.”
The Green Car Journal handed out some category awards as well:
- Polestar 2: Luxury Green Car of the Year
- Toyota Sienna: Family Green Car of the Year
- MINI Cooper SE: Urban Green Car of the Year
- Jeep Wrangler 4xe: Green SUV of the Year
- Ford F-150: Green Truck of the Year.
The Green Car Journal
describes Polestar as a sophisticated electric fastback in the luxury market. It points to the stylish and fuel-efficient Sienna and says it shows Toyota’s keen grasp of how to make a modern, functional, hybrid minivan for families but also premium car style and appeal. MINI’s electric Cooper SE speaks to drivers yearning for an affordable, fun-to-drive model that’s ideal for zero-emission city life. Jeep blazes new trails with its new Wrangler 4xe by bringing a powerful plug-in hybrid 4x4 to the diverse worlds of on- and off-road driving. The updated Ford F-150 continues to offer the wide-ranging features that have made it a best-seller, while adding even more functionality with a new PowerBoost hybrid powertrain and Pro Power Onboard output system that functions as a mobile generator at worksites or campsites.
“Greenbuild was honored to host the Green Car Awards this year, virtually,” said brand director, Sherida Sessa. “The winners clearly represent the most innovative, efficient vehicles on the market and were of great interest to the Greenbuild audience. The awards definitely provided a boost of excitement at the end of Day 1 of the Event. Additional awards in sustainability will be announced on Thursday evening during the USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony.”
Last year’s Green Car of the Year winner was the 2020 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Hybrid. The SUV of the year was the Honda CR-V and CR-V Hybrid. The Ram 1500 won truck of the year.