Tesla Model S named World Green Car of the Year

The Tesla Model S has beaten out the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid to be declared the 2013 World Green Car of the Year.

The announcement was officially made at a special press conference in New York last month, which was hosted by the Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show.

Other environmentally friendly, low fuel consumption models to have won this prestigious award include the Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, the Chevrolet Volt and the Volkswagen BlueMotion.

The first model to be named World Green Car of the Year was the Honda Civic Hybrid, which took home the inaugural award in 2006.

This year, five green car experts from across the world were given the task of putting together a shortlist of finalists for the award. 66 jurors then assembled to conduct the second round of voting.

According to experts, the Tesla Model S stood out from the other contenders due to its speed and style, as well as its range of high-end models which "offer more range than any other electric car".

Tesla Motors co-founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk says that the success of the Model S is an acknowledgment of everything Tesla has accomplished with this car over the past four years.

"The success of Model S is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport and we are grateful to the World Car of the Year Jury for the recognition," said Mr Musk in a statement released March 29.

Australian fleet managers looking to integrate this highly fuel efficient sedan into their own organisation are out of luck for now however.

Tesla was initially planning to launch the Model S in Australia during the third quarter of 2013.

However according to an article published by automotive website motoring.com.au in January it now seems like those plans have been curtailed for the time being.