Hyundai Ioniq EV, BMW i3 top list of 'greenest' vehicles
The Toyota Prius is hot on their collective heels, though.
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If you're looking at fuel economy figures to determine how "green" a car is, you're only looking at a piece of crust, and not the whole pie. That's where the ACEEE Greenest List comes in.
The 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."
You might have noticed a trend on that list -- there isn't a single car that uses a gas engine by itself. The Mitsubishi Mirage and its three-cylinder engine barely missed the 12th spot, but every car on the list is a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or EV. This is the second year in a row that the list hasn't included a gas engine by itself.
Their green scores are considerably lower than the threshold required for the Greenest List, but they're much better than the cars that appear on the Meanest List. The ACEEE also tracks some of the worst offenders on the market, and for the second year running, the Mercedes-AMG G65 SUV claims the worst Green Score on the market.
As it should -- it's a giant metal box with a twin-turbocharged V12 and the aerodynamic profile of a brick wall.