Mitsubishi i Bumps Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicle off ACEEE Award

Autopia - February 8, 2012

You may or may not have heard of the Amer­i­can Coun­cil for an Ener­gy-Effi­cient Econ­o­my (ACEEE) and its annu­al green­est car rank­ings, but here are a few points to con­sid­er: No. 1: The award pro­gram has been in place for 14 years now, and this year’s win­ner of the top spot, the Mit­subishi i (known by most peo­ple as the i-MiEV) took the high­est record­ed rank­ing in the award’s 14 year his­to­ry.  No. 2: It’s the first elec­tric vehi­cle to take the top spot since Gen­er­al Motor’s deceased EV1 12 years ago. No. 3: It knocked off the Hon­da Civic nat­ur­al gas vehi­cle (which tied for sec­ond place this year with the Nis­san Leaf), and the CNG-pow­ered Civic had dom­i­nat­ed the top spot for eight years.

So how does a car like the Mit­subishi i, which has only been on the mar­ket for a few months, take No. 1? For ACEEE, this means the car has the small­est over­all envi­ron­men­tal impact and gained the high­est over­all score in its test­ing. To cal­cu­late rat­ings, the orga­ni­za­tion con­sid­ered man­u­fac­tur­ing and recy­cling process, in addi­tion to fuel econ­o­my and tailpipe emis­sions. But what about all the fos­sil fuel (coal) it takes to gen­er­ate elec­tric­i­ty — isn’t that dirty? “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,” an ACEEE offi­cial said.


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