Just in time for U.

S. sales to begin in May, the battery powered BMW i3 electric vehicle drove off with awards in two categories of the World Car of the Year awards at the New York International Auto Show today.

First, the BMW i3 won 2014 World Green Car, selected by a jury of 69 automotive journalists from around the world.  The other finalists were the Volkswagen XL1, an extremely lightweight diesel-electric hybrid; and the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron, which runs on compressed natural gas or a synthetic fuel Audi calls e-gas.

The others are worthy competitors, but the BMW i3 is also formidable, with an expected range on a single charge of 80 to 100 miles, with zero tailpipe emissions (actually, there is no tailpipe).

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