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 |  Feb 18 2011, 3:46 PM

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a non-profit group sponsored by foundations, electric utilities and government agencies, released its list of the Greenest Vehicles, and the Honda Civic GX, a perennial favorite, continued to come out on top for the 8th consecutive year.

In second place was the all-electric Nissan Leaf, while the much maligned Smart ForTwo came third. The Chevrolet Volt was way down the list at number 13. While this is surprising at first glance, the Council takes other factors into account beyond the usual tailpipe emissions and fuel economy. How the electricity is generated, for example, is taken into consideration since coal-fired energy is substantially dirtier than hydroelectric power.

“We consider not just what emissions are coming out of the tailpipe while the vehicle is running,” said Therese Langer, the group’s transportation director, in an interview with the New York Times. “The E.P.A. would consider the Leaf a zero-emissions vehicle because electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions,” she said. Disposal of the lithium ion batteries is also taken into account due to its toxic nature.

[Source: The New York Times]

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• Honda Civic GX
• Nissan Leaf
• Smart Fortwo cabriolet and coupe
• Toyota Prius
• Honda Civic Hybrid
• Honda Insight
• Ford Fiesta SFE
• Chevrolet Cruze Eco
• Hyundai Elantra
• Mini Cooper
• Toyota Yaris
• Mazda 2
• Chevrolet Volt

  • Houstondav

    It is often said the leaf pollutes because of how electricity is made. They take the pollution produced by the electric companies and give it to the leaf. My question is are they really being fair comparing the amount of pollution compared to a gas powers car. With the leaf they are going back to the source and adding that to the rating are they doing the same to the gas car. Are they calculating the fuel and pollution used and created by the 18 wheelers delivery all that gas to every gas station around the country. Adding pollution generated from all the electricity used by the crackers used to extract the gas from the oil. I know the electric bill in my plant I work at is over one million a month. How about all pollution created by them barges bring that oil half way around the world from those American hating countries. Lets just keep it simple what comes out of the tail pipe gas car poison leaf zero. Don’t believe me seal your self in your garage you in gas car and me in leaf,who will come out unharmed. Look up the definition of emission, that is all there saying.

  • Houstondav

    Forgive typos in earlier post. Wrote using cell phone which automatically changed some words and I did not reread before posting as battery was about to die and did not want to lose what I had wrote

  • Jacob Cowan

    This sounds like oil company propaganda. Does their calculation take into account the pollution generated by the oil and gas industry pre-consumer, such as in the tar sands of Alberta? Why only single out the pre-consumer pollution in electricity production?

  • Frank

    The Anti-American Council for an Energy-Inefficient Economy is obviously composed of morons who do not know a green car from a turd stuck to a donkey’s rectum.