It’s award season and the finalists for the 2023 World Electric Vehicle of the Year award have been announced. They are »

What’s more, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and the Nissan Ariya, both EVs, are also finalists for the overall 2023 World Car of the Year award. Interestingly the Nissan Ariya didn’t make the final cut for the EV of the Year 🤔. The Kia Niro is a contender for the overall award. The Kia Niro is available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a full-time EV.

Other EVs that made the final cut in other categories »

  • The BMW i7 and Lucid Air are competing for the title of 2023 World Luxury Car.
  • The wildly quick Kia EV6 GT is up for 2023 World Performance Car.
  • The Cadillac Lyriq, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and Lucid Air all made the cut for the 2023 World Car Design of the Year.

The top three finalists in each category will be announced in March. The winners will be announced at the New York Auto Show in April.

The Rules » To be eligible for World Electric Vehicle of the Year, EVs must be powered solely by one or more electric motors (so no hybrids or plug-in hybrids), must be produced in volumes of at least 5,000 units per year, and must be “on-sale” in at least two major markets » China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Latin America, USA » on at least two separate continents within the period January 1, 2022 and March 30, 2023.

Eligible electric vehicle candidates that met the criteria for the 2023 World Electric Vehicle of the Year award, but didn’t make it through to the final round of voting were » Aiways U6, BMW iX1, Cadillac Lyriq, Genesis G80 Electrified, Lexus RZ, Mercedes-Benz EQB, Mercedes-Benz EQE, Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, MG Mulan/MG 4 EV, Nissan Ariya, ORA Funky Cat, Smart #1, Subaru Solterra, Toyota bZ4XVinFast VF8VinFast VF9.