Once a mechanical marvel, the automobile has quickly become a computer on wheels. The use of technology has changes the automotive market and its supply chain in incredible ways. For consumers, the shift has translated into dozens of affordable, efficient, and tech-forward cars that offer a greener alternative to older gas guzzlers.
“Automakers have brought an impressive number of highly efficient vehicles to market, giving American consumers more choices, whether they are looking for a compact car or a fully-loaded pickup,” said Eric Junga, transportation research analyst at ACEEE. “And as electric vehicles become more affordable and more enticing thanks to increased range and state-of-the-art features, sales are really picking up steam.”
Recently, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 21st annual GreenerCars vehicle ratings that put forward a dozen of the most environmentally friendly choices available from the 2018 automotive offerings. “Each car is given a Green Score based on an environmental damage index (EDX), which reflects the cost to human health from air pollution associated with vehicle manufacturing, the production and distribution of fuel, and vehicle tailpipes,” the report said.
In some ways, the list is much the same as last year. Both electric and hybrid models earned recognition on this year’s ranikng. For the past three years, the list was made up completely by vehicles with some form of electric powertrain, leaving those rides with internal combustion engines (ICE) in the dust in terms of environmental friendliness.
For the second year in a row, top honors went to the mid-sized Hyundai Ioniq Electric, but this year’s model earned the highest ever green score (70). The car combines high efficiency and practical size. Some newcomers to the list are also notable. Tesla brought its Model 3 to market, making it one of only two all-electric vehicles that can be had for $40,000 (before tax credits) and drive more than 200 miles on a full charge. The Chevy Bolt, which ranked six, is the other.
Click on the image below to start a slideshow of this year’s greenest cars.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN