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For the first time in the last ten years, a mid-sized vehicle has achieved the top spot in the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's "Greenest Cars" list. The mid-sized Hyundai Ioniq topped the list with a highest ever green score of 64, followed closely by the BMW i3 in a list dominated by electric vehicles.In the last 10 years, the top spot has been claimed only by compact or subcompact vehicles, so Ioniq's first place is quite a feat. The Ioniq is expected to hit the market initially with a 110-mile range, but Hyundai has already mentioned the possibility of a 200-plus-mile version in the future. A hybrid version of the Ioniq will also be available and scores comparably to other vehicles on the Greenest List.
"Anyone buying a new car now has plenty of options for making an environmentally smart decision," said Eric Junga, Transportation Research Analyst at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which runs the greenercars.org website. "Whether you are looking to purchase the greenest car available, or the greenest vehicle for your needs such as a minivan, or simply stay away from the bottom of the list, greenercars.org can help you."
In ranking the vehicles, each car on the list was given a whole number Green Score based on an environmental damage index (EDX), which estimates pollution from vehicle manufacturing, the production and distribution of fuel, and vehicle tailpipe emissions.
The greenercars.org website also has a list of vehicles that are considered "greener" as well as those considered "meaner" for the environment, the latter including vehicles that the organization considers as being the worst for the environment. As you might guess, that list is dominated by gas-only vehicles that aren't very good at the pump.
For its part, the first place Ioniq is also the first vehicle to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated platform. In addition to the Ioniq EV taking home first, there will also be Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid models available.
"Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, enjoyable to drive, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles."
Has some interesting facts on who make the list and who doesn't. I love Hyundai's commitment to go green