The BMW i3 was declared the 2014 World Green Car during a press conference this week hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation.
The vehicle was chosen from a list of 14 new vehicles from all over the world, according to a company press release.
The short list included the winner, the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron and the Volkswagen XL1.
"To have the BMW i3 named World Green Car of the Year is a great honor," said Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, according to the release. "From the production process onwards, the BMW i3 is a truly sustainable vehicle, created with the needs of the 21st century city in mind."
The World Green Car award is handed out yearly by the Bridgestone Corporation.
"Bridgestone has a longstanding global commitment to environmental sustainability, and it is our privilege to again sponsor the World Green Car award," Mike Martini, President, Original Equipment, U.S. & Canada Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations said, according to the release. "It is only by working together as One Team, One Planet that we will achieve true sustainability in the auto industry."
BMW's 118d with Efficient Dynamics won the 2008 World Green Car award.
Previous winners include: Tesla Model S in 2013, the Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY in 2012, the Chevrolet Volt in 2011, and the Volkswagen BlueMotion in 2010.
"We are very pleased and honored to sponsor the 2014 World Green Car award," said Martini. "The environment is everyone's responsibility. And throughout our global family of companies, we take this responsibility very seriously. We believe it is our mission to serve society with superior quality."