On Monday, a group called Gröna Bilister (Swedish Association of Green Motorists) presented a list of the 41 cars that reached the final of their Best Environmental Car award.
There were four separate juries involved in the awards – automotive journalists, environmental managers, families and retirees. These groups tested the cars on the STCC Göteborg City Racetrack in Gothenburg. The idea of having juries is that they represent different customer requirements in the Swedish market. Each group nominated a class winner. The motor journalist’s choice was a biogas variant of the Saab 9-3, called Trifuel, which also turned out to be the environmental managers’ third choice.
In order to be a finalist, it was required that the car should emit less than 120 g km CO2 life-cycle emissions, must have received five stars in EuroNCAP’s crash tests (four stars for electric vehicles) and must be available for delivery no later than August 31. Finalists ranged from small cars to family cars.
The Saab 9-3 Trifuel can run on either compressed natural gas, E85 ethanol fuel or regular gasoline. The vehicle is built by ANA Trollhättan from vehicles supplied by Saab as there is a local demand for biogas-powered cars within the municipality and Västra Götaland. Saab Sweden have been working with ANA on this project for some time because they see opportunities for biogas car outside Trollhättan.
The head of Saab Sweden, Magnus Hansson:
-We believe that ANA’s conversion of Saab cars for biogas cars is an interesting project and see a role for us to support the distribution outside Trollhättan. We have had a co-operation since the fall of 2010 and this will be assessed to see if and how we can move on.
An awards ceremony was held this week at Gustav Adolf’s Square. The award for the Best Environmental Car 2011 went to the car with the most total points from the different groups, namely, the VW Passat TSI EcoFuel, which run on gas and petrol.
The Saab 9-3 Trifuel ended up in third place in the overall standings. Second place was another Volkswagen, namely gas car VW Touran TSI EcoFuel. ANA’s President, Joachim Lind was on hand to receive the automotive journalists’ prize won by the Saab 9-3 Trifuel.