Since we’re just starting the year, these months are filled with all sorts of awards and tops – we know now the finalists of the World Car of the Year – but this time around we’ll focus on the Greenest and Meanest around.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is the provider of the year’s list of greenest and meanest cars around – and if you’re looking for a hint we can say the topping trio for the eco-friendly vehicles have remained the same from 2015. “The 2016 scores are in, and plug-in electric vehicles are outpacing all other vehicle offerings in terms of environmental friendliness,” comments ACEEE lead vehicle analyst Shruti Vaidyanathan. By the way, one very noticeable absentee form the list is the Tesla Model S – the model has been excluded due to its weight, which is taken into account by the creators of the list.
The ten greenest models of the year are as follows: Ford Focus Electric (ACEEE Green Score of 57); 2016 Toyota Prius (58); Toyota Prius C (59); Kia Soul Electric (59); Nissan Leaf (61); VW E-Golf (61); Toyota Prius Eco (61 – they also take into consideration specific trims); Fiat 500E (62); Chevrolet Spark EV (63) and the winner is the Mercedes-Benz Smart ForTwo Electric Drive with a score of 63 points. The smallish two-seater has gained the ACEEE top accolade for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, there’s also the “naughty” list of the meanest cars: Bentley Continental GT Convertible / Flying Spur (26); Lexus LX 570 (26); Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG (25); Ford Transit T150 Wagon FFV (25); Toyota Sequoia FFV (25); Mercedes-Benz G550 (23); Bentley Mulsanne (23); Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG (22); Chevrolet/GMC G2500 Express / Savana (22) and the almighty Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG with a lowly score of 20 points.