Twelve Greenest Cars of 2011 chosen by the ACEEE
The American Council For An Energy Efficient Economy has released their list of the twelve greenest vehicles for 2011. The ACEEE conducts their research slightly different to other companies, instead of just looking into tailpipe emissions and fuel economy only, they also take into consideration other factors including the energy impact of producing the vehicle, the environmental impact of creating or recycling vehicle components (including EV batteries) and upstream emissions produced by generating electricity for EV charging.
So here is the list of the twelve greenest cars of 2011 chosen by the ACEEE, some of the results may surprise you.
1. Honda Civic GX
The Honda Civic GX is a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered version of the Civic and is only available in limited markets. National distribution is expected in 2012.
2. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf was one of the first electric vehicles from a major manufacturer, it has managed to win the European Car of the Year award and is in the running for World Car of the Year.
3. Smart Fortwo
The Smart Fortwo made the list because of its 41 MPG highway fuel economy, environmentally friendly manufacturing and ease of recycling.
4. Toyota Prius
We knew the Toyota Prius would be on the list somewhere and here it is at number four.
5. Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic Hybrid also manged to make the list making this the only 2011 model to win two places.
6. Honda Insight
The Honda Insight hasn’t been receiving good reviews by journalists or by potential buyers, but it’s green enough to make the midpoint of the ACEEE list and Honda must be extremely happy as it’s the third car of theirs to make the list.
7. Ford Fiesta SFE
The Fiesta SFE comes in just past halfway down the list and while it doesn’t have any hybrid technology the Super Fuel Economy Fiesta is very economical.
8. Chevy Cruze Eco
Like the Ford Fiesta SFE, only the super-fuel-efficient Cruze Eco makes the cut.
9. Hyundai Elantra
The Hyundai Elantra makes the list due to its 40 MPG highway rating for all trim levels and transmission choices.
10. Mini Cooper
The Mini Cooper being in the list surprised us, we thought the Mini one or Mini diesel would have been more economical but here its is sitting at number 10.
11. Toyota Yaris
The Toyota Yaris is hugely popular in Japan but doesn’t have quite the same following in the States, still it managed to make the list.
12. Chevrolet Volt
Coming in last place is the pioneering all electric Chevrolet Volt, we thought this might have been further up the list but at least its here.
Well there you have it, the twelve greenest cars of 2011 chosen by the ACEEE. We the list may have had a few clean diesels or even the Ford Fusion Hybrid.
Do you agree with the list? If not what cars do you think should have been included?