Green cars are becoming commonplace on city streets all around the world. An increasing number of consumers love them and just about every major auto company is betting that these new designs will win the hearts of eco-minded individuals. At the same time, creating a supply chain to support this new demand is spawning a variety of new challenges.
The 20th annual environmental ratings at greenercars.org, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), points to a dozen cars that are offering best in class in this new arena. “Anyone buying a new car now has plenty of options for making an environmentally smart decision,” said Eric Junga, Transportation Research Analyst at ACEEE in a press release.
The ranking gives each car a whole number Green Score that is “based on an environmental damage index (EDX), which estimates pollution from vehicle manufacturing, the production and distribution of fuel, and vehicle tailpipes,” the ACEEE said. Click on the image below to start a slideshow on EE Times' sister site EBN to see the ranking of the big winners in the rush to be green for the 2017 model year.
Although green cars still represent a small minority of those on the road, popularity is increasing. In fact, auto makers sold more than 130,000 plug-in hybrid or battery-powered vehicles between November 2015 and November 2016, bringing the total number of EVs on the road in the U.S. and Canada to close to 535,000, according to research by ChargePoint, which operates electric vehicle chargers around the United States. In the U.S. alone, 542,000 EVs have been sold, the company found.
Innovation in the automotive sector, though, is sending ripples through the supply chain. . . .
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12 Greenest Car Choices of 2017