The Ioniq topped the rankings with an overall Green Score of 67 ahead of the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf
Electric Vehicles are going to be the next big thing in the automotive industry as governments want to reduce pollution and make our planet cleaner. But EVs are more expensive than conventional cars because of the battery pack and other components. Manufacturers are working on cheaper EVs for the future with better range than current cars.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released the top 10 list of greenest vehicles sold in America and among them, seven vehicles are electric cars. According to ACEEE annual report, the Hyundai Ioniq is the most eco-friendly electric vehicle for the third year running as the electric version of Ioniq got a Green Score of 67 points while the average score for all cars is 42 while some thirsty petrol and diesel cars got as low score as 20.
ACEEE rankings are based on various factors like overall impact of a car on the environment and it includes manufacturing disposal, energy source, emissions from manufacturing, emissions with electricity production and the impact of disposal and recycling. The average range of cars featured in this list is around 201 km.
India-bound Hyundai Kona offers the highest range among the EVs featured in the list as the compact SUV gives 415 km range, which is ranked in the 6th position ahead of the Volkswagen E-Golf in the seventh position with a green score of 62. The Kia Soul EV and Kona EV get same Green Score of 63, but the Soul is in 5th position thanks to marginal lower environmental damage index.
Honda Clarity finished in the fourth position with an overall Green Score of 64 and the Nissan Leaf got the last podium position. BMW i3 is in the second position with an overall Green Score of 65 and it comes with a range extender option, this variant gets a Green Score of 63, which is much better than some of the other petrol powered cars.
ACEEE hasn’t tested all the EV models in the industry and one of the major models missing from the rankings is the new Tesla Model 3. India is also moving in the same direction as other developed countries as brands like Tata, Mahindra, Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki and Ford are expected to launch EVs in the future.