Pickup trucks continue to make the headlines, and we’re eating up every second of it. Taking place at the annual San Antonio Auto and Truck Show, Green Car Journal announced their finalists for its high-profile Green Car Awards. The list of finalists for the 2019 Green Truck of the Year includes the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and the Ram 1500. In addition to the Green Truck of the Year award, the Ford Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Ram ProMaster City, and the Ram 1500 also made the cut as a finalist for the 2019 Commercial Green Car of the Year.
For the 2019 model year, the Chevy Colorado mid-size pickup features an efficient turbo diesel engine that achieves 30 highway mpg, while its sister model, the all-new Silverado, shed a few hundred pounds over the past year and also now offers a new efficient turbo diesel option. In addition to the Ford F-150 adding a new diesel powerplant into the equation, automaker’s are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the all-new mid-size Ford Ranger pickup truck – after taking a seven-year-long sabbatical. Known as the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in its segment, the Ram 1500 features an all-new efficiency-enhancing eTorque mild-hybrid system in its 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine options.
“There’s no doubt this is a hot year for pickups and light commercial vehicles,” said Ron Cogan, editor, and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “With the availability of new-generation pickups and more efficient engine choices, this field of 2019 finalists definitely speaks to pickup and light commercial vehicle buyers who require ‘greener’ vehicles that also deliver high levels of style and functionality.”
In regards to functionality and efficiency during daily commercial operations, the Mercedes-Benz Metris, Ram ProMaster City, and the new-generation Ford Transit Connect were designed with tradesman and delivery service fleets in mind. After initially making its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford released an all-new Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan. This new model is designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and law enforcement personnel who don’t necessarily require a pursuit-rated vehicle. When powered by the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the new police plug-in hybrid sedan has an all-electric driving range of 21 miles that can be achieved at speeds up to 85 mph. Once the battery juice is almost depleted, the gasoline-electric hybrid generates an additional range of more than 500 miles.
“The trend toward higher efficiency and greater environmental performance is reflected by the growing number of ‘greener’ new models shown every year at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show,” said Pam Crail, president of San Antonio Auto Dealers Association. “It’s especially important to recognize these achievements through the Green Truck of the Year™ and Commercial Green Car of the Year™ awards at our show, given South Texas’ reputation as the heart and soul of the truck country.”
Considered to play a significant role of Green Car Journal’s mission, the Green Car Awards showcase the environmental progress and its importance in the automotive industry. Get behind the wheel of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at Miami Lakes AutoMall today and see for yourself why it’s considered the most fuel-efficient pickup truck to date. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection or follow us on social media. We look forward to hearing from ya’ll.