The ACEEE (the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) released their choice for the 2012 greenest car and for the 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings.
The Honda Civic Natural Gas’s,which had held its title for eight years in a row, place was taken by the Mitsubishi i-MIEV battery electric. It earned, in the annual survey, the highest Green Score ever bestowed since the ranking system began in 1998, which was a 58. The i-MEIV has a combined city and highway fuel economy of 112 MPG, because of this it is one of the most effective cars to drive in the United States.
The lead vehicle analyst for ACEEE, Shruti Vaidyanathan, said in a stated, “Even taking into account the emissions generated from the electricity used to power the i-MIEV, it still handily outscores other vehicles on the market today.”
The Honda Civic Natural Gas the Nissan Leaf placed second on the Greenest Vehicle List each with a score of 55. The Honda had just been upgraded with enhanced fuel economy, this year.
The “Green Score Test,” is an examination of the vehicles that gives a score based on harmful tailpipe emissions fuel consumption, and emissions of gases that add to climate change. Some sportier cars that would also be considered green are the Honda CRZ hybrid, which has a green score of 50, and the Scion IQ, which has a green score of 52.