Two electric cars make World Car of the Year 2019 shortlist

Kia e-Niro and Jaguar I-Pace shortlisted for World Car of the Year prize and in the running for World Green Car

Three electric cars, a plug-in hybrid and a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle have been named in a five-strong shortlist for the 2019 World Green Car of the Year award. While two of those pure EVs also make the cut for the overall World Car of the Year shortlist.

The Kia e-Niro, Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron, Honda Clarity and Hyundai Nexo will contest this year’s World Green Car competition, which is one of half a dozen categories featured in the World Car Awards.

The I-Pace, e-tron and Nexo have also been named among the ten finalists for the main 2019 World Car of the Year prize.

The World Car Awards takes place annually having been established in 2004. The judging panel consists of motoring journalists from across the globe, who test drive each eligible car before voting on the initial shortlists.

A second ballot will close late next week, with the top three in each category named at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The winners will then be announced at the New York International Auto Show in April.

The World Green Car award was first conceived in 2016. The inaugural winner was the hydrogen fuel-cell Toyota Mirai, followed by the Toyota Prius hybrid in 2017 and the electric Nissan Leaf in 2018.