The 2017 ACEEE Greenest List was just published and at the top we have the Hyundai Ioniq EV and the BMW i3. With a total score of 64, the Ioniq takes the crown this year. The BMW i3, Toyota Prius Eco, Fiat 500E, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt EV round out the top half of the list. Further down we find the Kia Soul EV, Toyota Prius Prime, Toyota Prius C, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Accord Hybrid and Kia Niro FE.
ACEEE, short for American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, is a nonprofit that seeks to advance environmentally friendly programs and tech. Its Greenest List ranks current cars by taking into account manufacturing pollution, fuel production and distribution, as well as tailpipe emissions. It uses these figures to determine which vehicles are truly “green.”
All cars on this year’s list are either fully electric vehicles or hybrids. The only conventional-powered car to be mentioned is the Mitsubishi Mirage with its three-cylinder engine.
Another list published by ACEEE is the Greener Choices list which focuses on other cars and trucks considered to be efficient. The Smart Fortwo, Toyota Yaris iA, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue Hybrid, Chrysler Pacifica and Ford F-150 are some of the vehicles mentioned. Their green scores are considerably lower that those on the Greenest List, but higher than the cars on the Meanest list. The worst Green score this year goes to the Merceeds-AMG G65 SUV, “thanks” – depends which angle you’re looking from – to its V12 twin-turbo engine.