The all-electric 2017 Chevy Bolt picked up two awards at the most recent Drive Revolution competition staged in Portland by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
Nineteen electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles were tested at the June 22 event. When the secret ballots were tallied, the all-new Bolt was named Northwest Green Vehicle of trhe Year and Northwest Battery-Electric or Fuel Cell Vehicle of the Year.
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt was named Northwest Plug-In Hybrid of the Year. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan was named Northwest Family Green Vehicle of the Year. And the 2017 BMW i8 hybrid supecar was named Northwest Alternative Fuel Sports Car of the Year.
"The market for hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles has matured to the point that consumers aren't just looking for one car that can go farther than another," said NWAPA President John Vincent. "To stand out, they need to provide great driving experiences, excellent quality, advanced safety features, and technology that keeps drivers connected to their digital lives."
Eleven manufacturers submitted vehicles for the competition. They included gasoline-electric hybrid models, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. The all new 2017 Honda Clarion uses an onboard hydrogen fuel cell car to produce electricity. It is currently only for sale in California.
Following a full day of testing on the streets of downtown Portland, the journalists selected the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV for the two awards because of its exceptional range, reasonable price tag, and generous interior room provide Northwest consumers with an excellent blend of the attributes that they're looking for in an electrified vehicle.
"The Bolt EV more than doubles the range of other affordably priced battery-electric vehicles," said event co-chair Sarah Shelton of U.S. News & World Report. "With the ability to travel up to 238 miles on a single charge, the Bolt EV is a game-changer in the green vehicle market and a glimpse of things to come."
Pricing for the Bolt EV starts at $36,620, and many buyers will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Bolt EV Premier model tested had a price tag of $43,510.
As one of the leading cities in the nation for the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and vehicle charging infrastructure, Portland provided an exceptional backdrop for the fifth annual event. Drive Revolution followed on the heels of one of the country's premier future mobility conferences, the 11th Annual EV Roadmap.
The Northwest Automotive Press Association represents automotive journalists from across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. It strives to link auto industry media professionals with newsmakers from all aspects of the automotive ecosystem. The organization produce three signature events a year: the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition (also known as Mudfest); Drive Revolution; and Run to the Sun, a sports car and convertible familiarization event. Proceeds from the events fund scholarships at four universities across the Northwest.