Earth, Wind and Power Jury Gives the Nod to the 2010 Ford Fusion and the 2010 Audi Q7 for “Most Environmentally Progressive” at the L.A. Auto Show
By Brendan Moore
It is certainly not a household name, but an organization called Earth, Wind and Power Media, that publishes online (their site calls it a “blogazine”), has carved out a nice little niche for itself as an approver of environmentally responsible vehicles.
In a fairly short time, the publisher of Earth, Wind and Power, Courtney Caldwell, has been able to convince a fair amount of California EPA officials in California to show up at her magazine’s award events, which in turn has made it worthwhile for automotive industry executives to do the same. They also have a considerable amount of automotive writers attached to this award as jurists, so apparently we are the ones caught out in terms of EWP.
The awards were given out yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid taking the honors in the car category, and the 2010 Audi Q7 TDI taking home the award in the truck category.
So, we congratulate the winners, and we congratulate the previously-unknown-to-us EWP folks for their environmental efforts. Hopefully, their awards will affect some future buying decisions in a positive manner.
And we’re going to try to notice things more in the future.
This is the second year that the Earth, Wind and Power (EWP) prize has been awarded.
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Their official press release follows after the jump:
EARTH WIND & POWER AWARDS JURY ANNOUNCES
WINNERS FOR 2010 MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY PROGRESSIVE CAR & TRUCK OF THE YEAR
DETROIT- December 1, 2009 – Winners for the 2010 Earth, Wind & Power (EWP) car and truck of the year were officially revealed today at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. Sponsored by Bridgestone, the event was held on the eve of press week for the Los Angeles Auto Show. There, a VIP reception and press conference was host to a pantheon of media and industry echelon. Opening remarks were provided by Linda Adams, Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency. Christine Karbowiak, Executive Vice President, Community and Corporate Relations at Bridgestone Americas Inc., also provided remarks on Bridgestone’s progressive environmental programs and initiatives.
Produced and hosted by Courtney Caldwell, publisher of Earth, Wind & Power Media, with co-hosts Kevin Smith, editorial director of Edmunds.com, and Howard Walker, auto editor for Palm Beach Illustrated, the three announced the winners for the most environmentally progressive car and truck of the year. Recipients were selected by The EWP jury, a group of 19 nationally-renowned automotive editors and journalists. Honors went to:
EARTH, WIND & POWER – Car of the Year
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
EARTH, WIND & POWER – TRUCK OF THE YEAR
2010 Audi Q7 TDI Clean Diesel
Accepting the award for EWP Car of the Year on behalf of Ford Motor Company was Mr. Moray Callum, executive director, North American Design. The award for EWP Truck of the Year was accepted by the Chief Audi Designer, Mr. Jae Min.
“With global warming and foreign oil dependence a mainstream concern today, more people are turning to fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles,” says Courtney Caldwell, EWP creator and producer. “It’s become of vital interest to consumers, automakers, and the future of our planet to produce vehicles that are compatible with our environment.”
About the EWP Awards:
The mission of the EWP Awards is to recognize vehicles that are driven by a power source that help reduce global warming, are conducive to promoting a cleaner environment and support the mission to achieve energy independence through alternative sources.