Auto industry’s latest green technology making its way to Washington

January 30, 2013

A luxury sports car that runs on electricity, a sedan that monitors tire pressure, and a computer system that adjusts an engine’s air flow — all designed by different companies, but all designed with the same two goals in mind:

Saving gas and helping the environment.

Introduced by Fisker, Nissan and Fiat, respectively, those innovations were among the 10 finalists for the 2013 Green Car Technology Award, which were presented on Thursday at the Washington Auto Show. These aren’t lofty, futuristic concepts, either; each of the nominated technologies has been built into vehicles that have already hit the market.

Eight carmakers were represented, with Ford Motor Company placing three entries among the finalists. Tesla and Fisker make the only two electric vehicles on the list, while several larger automakers were recognized for bringing green technologies from their hybrid fleets to their conventional gas-powered cars.

Scroll through the gallery above to check out the full slate of finalists and the winner. Please let us know in the comments which one you think should have taken home the award.

For full coverage of the Washington Auto Show, check out The Grid.

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J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he runs the On Small Business blog.
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