The Chevy Volt Named North American Car of the Year

Last week, Enterprise announced that it will now offer consumers the Chevy Volt by the end of January, starting in California. As if that wasn’t already a big announcement for the environmental industry, Chevrolet has yet another piece of news to add: the Volt has won the North American Car of the Year.

The announcement was made yesterday at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It just so happens that at this annual show is where General Motors first showed the Volt as a concept car four years ago.

“When we announced this car several years ago at this show, there was a lot of skepticism among all the press,” Stephens told the Free Press. “And to be here today … and have the honor of being named North American Car of the year, I think says it all.”

As GOOD reported, this is not the first major award won by the Volt. Back in November, it was named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year. And last year we reported that the Volt was also selected as Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, as well as winning Green Car of the Year honors at the LA Auto Show.

The Volt was introduced just last month and since then the company has sold 326 of them. Prices begin at $41,000 and consumers can get a federal tax credit of $7,500. The Volt travels between 25-50 miles on an electric charge before a gasoline-powered generator switches on to produce more electricity.

Kara is 3p's writer from New England. In her Newport, RI community, Kara is the organizer of Green Drinks Newport, is a member of Newport's Energy & Environment Commission, is a volunteer for the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, Norman Bird Sanctuary, and has also volunteered as a panelist for Rhode Island Farmways, speaking to farmers from around the state about how they can better market and promote their businesses. Beyond the moat that surrounds her island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count and she hopes her next adventure will be to ski the gnarly Tuckerman's Ravine. Kara is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and in real life, she is a public relations director who'd just plain like to see the world a greener place. Kara has been writing for TreeHugger.com since January 2005 and began writing for 3p in January 2010.