Honda Natural-Gas Civic Now Ties GM EV1 For
Top National Environmental Rating in ACEEE's Green Book
Updates include new data for model year 2000 vehicles and
preliminary ratings for 2001 releases, including Chrysler PT Cruiser,
Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and others.
For further information, contact: John DeCicco or
Jim Kliesch, 202-429-8873
Press material or review copies: Glee Murray, 202-429-0063
Washington, DC (June 1, 2000) - The American Council for an Energy-Efficient
Economy (ACEEE) announces updates to GreenerCars.com, the
online edition of ACEEE's Green Book:
The Environmental Guide to Cars & Trucks. Two vehicles now
tie for greenest of the year: the natural-gas powered Honda Civic
GX, and General Motors' EV1 electric vehicle. Also posted are
new or updated Green Scores for a number of other vehicles, plus
preliminary scores for several early 2001 releases.
Over 60 new listings are included in this update. "Some of these
vehicles, such as the Volkswagen Passat 4motion, are new configurations
of cars we're already ranking," notes Jim Kliesch, ACEEE Research
Assistant and co-author of ACEEE's Green Book.
"Others, like the BMW Z8, are new listings."
ACEEE updates its green ratings to help consumers keep up with
the continually changing market. "The automotive market is becoming
more fluid, with vehicles being released throughout the year,"
says John DeCicco, Senior Associate and lead author of ACEEE's
Green Book. "Our goal
is to provide consumers with accurate, up-to-date environmental
information about the cars, trucks and SUVs hitting the streets
today, and the GreenerCars.com website provides an ideal
A notable development is that Honda's natural-gas powered Super
Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) Civic GX now ties the EV1 with
the top Model Year 2000 Green Score of 52. Since ACEEE's Green
Book first went to press,
the Honda Civic GX was certified to California's SULEV emission
standard, which cut its tailpipe pollution by 85% compared to
its initial ULEV certification. "While the Civic GX ranked quite
well during our initial release in February, it was the SULEV
certification that helped propel it to the top," states Kliesch.
ACEEE's Green Scores account for both tailpipe pollution and
global warming impacts, including emissions from auto factories,
petroleum refineries, and, for electric vehicles, power plants.
"Our posted Green Scores are based on national average emission
factors," notes Kliesch. "In states with cleaner- than-average
electricity generation, such as California, the EV1 would see
an even higher Green Score."
"The fact that two vehicles tie for the crown is significant
since electric vehicles have previously dominated our greenest
vehicle list," remarks DeCicco. "Today's top-rated battery electric
and natural gas vehicles are outstanding engineering achievements.
Their advanced technologies may well become the basis for tomorrow's
mass-market vehicles." One of the most promising future technologies,
the fuel cell electric vehicle, could incorporate both an electric
drivetrain, as on the GM EV1, and gaseous fuel storage, as on
the Honda Civic GX.
In addition to updates of Model Year 2000 vehicles, preliminary
analyses of some early Model Year 2001 vehicles were also performed.
These include a number of high-profile cars and trucks, such as
the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Acura CL, Ford Explorer Sport Trac and
Oldsmobile Aurora. "Green Scores of these vehicles will be finalized
by early 2001, once the majority of MY2001 vehicles are analyzed,
but results are not expected to change significantly," states
Subscribers to the GreenerCars.com website can search
the ACEEE's Green Book
interactive database and build custom lists for comparing vehicles.
Monthly and annual subscriptions to the website, including updates,
are available at GreenerCars.com. The print edition of
ACEEE's Green Book: The
Environmental Guide to Cars & Trucks -- Model Year 2000 may
be ordered through major online booksellers or directly from GreenerCars.com
for $8.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Bulk sales discounts
are also available. For further information, contact:
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient
Economy is an independent, non-profit research group dedicated
to advancing energy efficiency as a means of protecting the environment
and strengthening the economy. For more information, see our website