The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just released its 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings, and this year’s list shows some surprising results. The council has compiled a list of what it feels are the “greenest” vehicles, and for the first time in eight years an electric vehicle has grabbed the top spot – the Mitsubishi i-MIEV.
For the past eight years the Honda Civic Natural Gas (formally Civic GX) held the top spot in the “Greenest” vehicle list, but this year the Mitsubishi i-MIEV electric vehicle claimed the title. Even better, the i-MIEV earned a Green Score of 58, which is the highest Green Score awarded since the rankings began in 1998. With a combined city and highway fuel economy of 112 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), the i-MIEV is more efficient than all other vehicles currently sold in U.S. The Mitsubishi i-MIEV starts at $29,125 for the base ES model before the $7,500 federal tax credit is applied.