The Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car now holds the top spot of ACEEE’s (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) annual ‘Greenest Vehicles’ list.
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV scored a 58 in the ACEEE’s ranking system, the highest Green Score ever achieved since the ACEEE “Greenest Vehicles” rankings began in 1998.
“Even taking into account the emissions generated from the electricity used to power the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, it still handily outscores other vehicles on the market today,” said ACEEE Lead Vehicle Analyst, Shruti Vaidyanathan.
ACEEE says cars that make up their “Greenest Vehicles” list are evaluated on a variety of criteria including tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and gas emissions that “contribute to climate change.”
Staring with this year, ACEEE made a number of changes to its vehicle evaluation methodology to more accurately estimate vehicles’ environmental impacts including improving emissions estimates in the vehicle manufacturing process as well as in the extraction of natural gas.
Second and third on ACEEE’s list is a tie between the CNG powered Honda Civic and Nissan Leaf (both 55 points). The Toyota Prius c was not included because it was launched after the cut-off date of February 2012. If the Prius c is to be included, it will be ranked second place with a score of 56 points.
ACEEE’s website descibes itself as a non-profit organization that receives funding from various bodies including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, California Air Resources Board and U.S. Department of Energy.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is currently running field trials of the i-MiEV in Langkawi in partnership with Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.
Read about our first impression of the i-MiEV driving experience here.
More on the i-MiEV here.