According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's 2011 list, The Chevy Volt came in as No. 12 on this years top green cars list.
Factoring in fuel economy, emissions at the tailpipe and power plants, also, the vehicles impact via manufacturing and disposal based on the car's weight. The organisation arrived at their controversial rankings.
The first place award went to the natural gas powered Honda Civic GX (a full time fossil fuel burner) with Nissan's all electric Leaf coming in at number 2. Based on a ratio recommended by the Society of Automotive Engineers the ACEEE assumed the Volt was driven 64% percent of the time on plug in electricity and 36% of the time on gasoline.
Shruti Vaidyanathan, a spokeswoman for the ACEEE said, "As a gasoline vehicle, the fuel economy's not stellar." Of course all of us here at The Volt Blog know this revolutionary vehicle isn't meant to be used regularly as a gasoline powered car! The genius of the Volt is that gasoline need only be used when necessary, and if you need to use it regularly well then, the Volt is probably not the car for you. Of the Volt's overall score 40% was based on the car's weight.
"I find it kind of laughable," GM spokesman Rob Peterson said when told of the organisations ranking system. "It's one group's interpretation of a measurement of 'green'." Peterson objected to the rational that the Volt's weight should count so heavily against GM's revolutionary vehicle.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's annual ranking of 'green cars'
1 - Honda Civic GX
2 - Nissan Leaf
3 - Smart ForTwo
4 - Toyota Prius
5 - Honda Civic Hybrid
6 - Honda Insight
7 - Ford Fiesta SFE
8 - Chevrolet Cruze Eco
9 - Hyundai Elantra
10 - Mini Cooper
11 - Toyota Yaris
12 - Chevrolet Volt
So, time for you all to chime in, what do you think of the ACEEE's rating system? My rebuttal is, try driving anyone of these cars except the Volt and Leaf 15,000 miles a year without carbon emitting fossil fuels.
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