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The list of finalists to be officially announced tomorrow.

Here's the list of the finalists for the inaugural zero-emission vehicle awards program - THE ZEVAS™ - that the LA Auto Show will announce tomorrow morning.

By Zoran Segina

Thu, Oct 28, 2021 09:26 PM PST

The LA Auto Show will release the list of finalists for their Zero-Emission Vehicle Awards Program - THE ZEVAS™ - on the morning of Friday October 29th. We - LACar - are proud to bring our readers this list the evening before it goes live.

The ZEVAS Finalists 2021

Twenty-seven finalists were chosen from more than 90 qualifying zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) that meet California’s standards and are available for purchase or pre-order. Both legacy and startup brands captured public interest in this year’s ZEVAS, as represented by the finalists in nine categories:

Compact: Aptera Motors Aptera, BMW i3, Hyundai KONA Electric

Coupe: Alpha Motor Company ACE™ Coupe, ElectraMeccanica eRoadster, Polestar 1

Crossover ($50,000 and below): Alpha Motor Company Electric JAX™, Fisker Ocean, Ford Mustang Mach-E

Crossover (above $50,000): Kia EV6, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y

Hatchback/Van/Wagon: Audi e-tron Sportback, Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle, Faraday Future FF91

Sedan ($60,000 and below): BMW i4, Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3

Sedan (above $60,000): Lucid Air, Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S

Sport Utility Vehicle: Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, Mullen Five, Rivian R1S

Truck: Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck

Our Thoughts

Teslas Everywhere

Obviously, every Tesla made it onto the list in their respective category... We'd expect nothing less - not so much because we love Teslas more than all other electric vehicles, more because Elon Musk's brand of electric vehicles are all over the news, our roads, stock market analysts's minds, and is one of the few car brands that almost everyone has an opinion on.

New Brands

It's great to see the new - oftentimes relatively small - brands making it to the list of finalists. Aptera Motors, Alpha Motors, ElectraMeccanica, Canoo, Faraday, Lucid, Mullen, Rivian... Many of these are unknowns for even the car-enthused reader, and definitely never heard of by many "regular folks". Fresh ideas are always a good thing, and the technology they bring to the industry moves us forward.

From The Press Release

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LA Auto Show logo

The final round of voting for THE ZEVAS will be open Monday, Nov. 1 to Thursday, Nov. 4. Voters may vote for one vehicle per category. Winners will be announced on Nov. 16 and will be honored along with finalists and nominees on Nov. 17 at AutoMobility LA - LA Auto Show’s media and industry days - at a special ZEVAS reception hosted by Alex Guberman, creator and host of E for Electric, a YouTube channel dedicated to electric cars. The public will be able to see and test drive many of the finalists and winners of THE ZEVAS during the 2021 LA Auto Show - taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 19-28.

"The only vehicle awards program of its kind, THE ZEVAS have already exceeded our expectations thanks to the support of Electrify America and our automotive partners around the world," said Lisa Kaz, CEO and owner of the LA Auto Show. "It’s clear that LA Auto Show’s massive community of enthusiasts and shoppers are really invested in voting for their favorite ZEVs. We are so excited for this final phase of voting and to reveal the winners on Nov. 16."

In addition to powering THE ZEVAS, Electrify America will be electrifying LA Auto Show’s all-new indoor test track for visitors to experience and compare electric vehicles side-by-side in one convenient place. The 55,000-square-foot course will be housed within South Hall alongside the exhibits of many new and returning automotive brands.

About The Author

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Zoran Segina

Zoran Segina grew up in Eastern Europe, where he owned several Zastava 750s (a variation of the Fiat 600) and participated in local rallies. After a lengthy diet of Yugoslav-manufactured cars, he came to the Mecca of automotive culture – wherein he promptly lost his heart to a tall girl and a short Dart Swinger. He currently commutes around LA in a BMW 633Csi, having made a switch from a Volvo 240 DL with a quarter million miles on the odometer.

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