A Red-Letter Year for Green Vehicles:
Gasoline-Powered SUV Earns Spot on "Greenest Vehicles of
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James Kliesch, Therese Langer, or Bill Prindle, 202-429-8873
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Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2005): Amidst excitement over
new advanced technology vehicles entering the market and worries
about sustained high gas prices, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient
Economy (ACEEE) today announced this year's "greenest"
and "meanest" vehicles, along with the environmental
scorings of all model year 2005 cars and passenger trucks. The
vehicle scores are part of ACEEE's Green Book®
Online, the eighth annual edition of ACEEE's environmental
guide to cars and trucks, available online at GreenerCars.com.
Honda Model, Ford Hybrid SUV Take Limelight Among Greenest
Retaining the distinction as the greenest vehicle of the year
is Honda's natural gas-powered Civic GX. The hybrid-electric Honda
Insight follows closely behind, with the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic
Hybrid and Toyota Corolla rounding out the top five. The most
notable newcomer to this year's list is the Ford Escape Hybrid
- marking the first time ever a gasoline-powered SUV has achieved
a spot among the greenest vehicles of the year. (The battery-electric
Toyota RAV4 EV and Honda EV Plus previously held spots on the
list until their discontinuation). Other manufacturers in the
top twelve include Nissan, Pontiac, and Mazda.
"For years, we've been advising buyers that greener models
are available to them no matter what type of vehicle they're shopping
for. Today, with a bona fide gas-powered SUV on our Greenest Vehicles
list, this advice rings truer than ever," noted author and
principal vehicle analyst James Kliesch, a Research Associate
Widely acknowledged as the preeminent buyer's guide to environmentally
friendly passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs, ACEEE's Green Book®
Online provides the facts necessary to compare the new 2005
models. Vehicles are analyzed on the basis of a "Green Score,"
a singular measure that incorporates unhealthy tailpipe emissions,
fuel consumption, and the emissions of gases that cause global
warming. Using its "Green Score" ranking system, ACEEE's
Green Book® Online
reveals the year's "greenest" and "meanest"
models: the 12 least polluting, most efficient vehicles; and the
Ford Moves Up in Green Vehicle World
The GreenerCars.com Web site also identifies top widely
available models in each vehicle class. This "Greener Choices"
list includes larger vehicles, such as the Ford Freestyle SUV,
Honda Odyssey minivan, and Toyota Tundra pickup. Passenger cars
such as the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx and Ford Focus Wagon also top
their respective classes. As demonstrated in the list, consumers
can make "greener choices," whether they need a sedan,
minivan, pickup truck, or SUV.
"Ford has a lot to be proud of this year," said Therese
Langer, ACEEE's Transportation Program Director. "Not only
do the Escape Hybrid, Focus Sedan and Focus Wagon make this year's
Greenest Vehicles list, but several Fords are best-in-class performers
Meanest Vehicles Stay Mean
The 2005 "Meanest Vehicles" list, while once again
dominated by large SUVs, is topped by the 8.3-liter, 500-horsepower
Dodge Ram SRT10 pickup truck. Filling out the "bottom 5"
are the Ford Excursion, Hummer H2, Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG and Lamborghini
Murcielago. "Green vehicles today have high fuel economy
and low tailpipe emissions, and the models on this list have neither,"
commented Kliesch. Other prominent models on this list include
the GMC Yukon XL K2500, Chevrolet Suburban K2500, Land Rover Range
Rover, and Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup.
Why Our Car and Truck Choices Matter
"This year's Green Book shows more clearly than ever how
the choices we make in buying cars and trucks determine our reliance
on Middle East oil and our planet's climatic future," noted
Bill Prindle, ACEEE's Policy Director. "If new car and light
truck buyers chose the most efficient vehicles in each size class,
we would slash the 2005 fleet's gasoline use by 27 percent, reducing
gasoline purchases by $6.1 billion and saving the average buyer
$360 a year. Furthermore, we would cut greenhouse gas emissions
accordingly. Even omitting hybrid vehicles, those numbers still
add up to 19 percent, $4.1 billion, and $245 a year, respectively."
In addition to highlighting the year's "Greenest,"
"Meanest," "Greener Choices," and best-in-class
lists, the GreenerCars.com Web site contains informational
write-ups on model year 2005 highlights, a consumer primer on
vehicles and the environment, and advice on how to buy green when
shopping for a new car or truck.