The BMW i3 zoomed its way in copping the prestigious Green Car Journal’s annual Green Car of the Year Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The energy-efficient and environment-friendly i3 pulled the rug from under its fellow finalists Honda Fit, Audi A3 TDI, the Volkswagen Golf, and the Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel to bag the award.
This marks for the first time that a high-end electric car captures such award. Green Car Journal, which whips up reports on sustainability and efficiency-enhancing technologies, has started giving awards since 2005 in various categories at the Los Angeles show.
The green car has had bagged handful of awards in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The i3 has spawned from BMW’s touted “i project,” a multi-billion endeavor that also paved the way for the production of the sporty i8.
The i3 features 125-kilowatt electric motor that is capable of delivering power of up to 170-hp. The sleek car has also obtained an impressive fuel rating of 124 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) from EPA.
BMW quipped that 12,000 units of the i3 were already sold since it was unveiled in 2013 in Germany.
The mass production of the i3s started in GFemrany in 2013 and was shipped for the first time in the United States last spring.