Scoring the most points in this category yet again, Tesla has become the first car maker to win the Green Engine trophy for three consecutive years. And that fine piece of record-breaking history sits nicely alongside what Tesla achieved back in 2014, when the California tech company became the first OEM to win an International Engine of the Year Award for an all-electric powertrain.
Three years on, and while the Model S – and now Model X – electric powertrains continue to be updated on a step-by-step basis with more technology, power and driving range, the enthusiasm and passion shown from International Engine of the Year Award jury members for Tesla’s technology shows no signs of slowing down. In 2013 the BEV specialist finished first with 248 points in this class; last year, top spot was secured with 239 points; and this year it completed the victory with 256 points.
“Everything else is trying for second-best,” reaffirmed SAE magazine’s editorial director, William Visnic, when commenting on Tesla’s win in this highly coveted grouping. Calibre’s Carl Cunanan, added, “Tesla still has the strongest statement toward green, with others needing to rethink in order to compete.”
Such is the flexibility of Tesla’s e-powertrain architecture that today it can be found in the Model S in a variety of guises, delivering 320ps, 332ps, 422ps, 469ps and 700ps, while in the Model X there are 332ps, 525ps and 773ps offerings. Perhaps most impressive, though, remains Tesla’s seemingly unbeatable BEV driving range: in the X P90D, a full charge can go up to 466km (290 miles), while the S varies from 335km (208 miles) to 508km (316 miles) between models.
What will be a sweet side-note for Elon Musk and his engineering team is that across all three Green Engine victories, Tesla has managed to get the better of e-powertrain innovation from BMW, with the range-extended i3 finishing second in 2013 and i8 PHEV being runner-up this year and last.