2014 European Car Of The Year Shortlist Announced, Two EVs In The Hunt Photo:
Trevor Collett | Dec, 18 2013 | 10 Comments

Two all-electric vehicles have made the shortlist for the 2014 European Car Of The Year (ECOTY), with seven models in total vying for the prize.

Tesla's Model S and the BMW i3 will fly the flag for the EV contenders, with the i3 also available with a range-extending two-cylinder petrol engine.

If either model wins, it will join the Nissan Leaf (2011) and Opel Ampera (2012) on the list of EVs that have previously taken victory.

From the original list of 30 contenders, the remaining five in the seven-model line-up are the Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda 3, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Peugeot 308 and Skoda Octavia.

A panel of 59 judges representing 23 European countries will decide the winner, with the panel comprising mostly journalists and members of the automotive industry.

Eligible vehicles must be ‘new’ models and available to purchase now or before the end of 2013, in five or more European markets.

Contenders must also be expected to sell at least 5,000 units annually, meaning low-volume supercars are excluded.

The 2014 ECOTY winner will be announced during the lead-up to the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

Volkswagen’s Golf won the ECOTY award for 2013.

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