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Greenest Cars

Are you considering buying a car but not sure which is the greenest? Are you trying to research car by car and compare? You don’t need to, because somebody else has already done all the work for you.

Let us introduce you to, the official website for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington, D.C.-based independent, non-profit research group. ACEEE has created the Green Book–a unique consumer resource providing Green Scores rating the environmental friendliness of every vehicle on market.

You can research the rating of any car on the market, or you can look at the ratings by category–for example, you can see the top greenest cars of 2008.

The site also provides some very smart green driving tips. Here’s a teaser: Avoid “jack rabbit” starts and aggressive driving. Flooring the gas pedal not only wastes gas, it leads to drastically higher pollution rates. One second of high-powered driving can produce nearly the same volume of carbon monoxide emissions as a half hour of normal driving.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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11:10AM PDT on May 11, 2013


8:12AM PDT on May 11, 2013

anything more recent?

4:53AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thanks for the info.

1:58AM PDT on May 10, 2013


8:59PM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thanks for this info!

12:19AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012


6:56AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

"A little less conversation, a little more action please."

You said it, Elvis. ;)

7:03PM PDT on May 29, 2011

I'd like to see zero emissions cars subsidized by the government.
I don't care if it is through tax breaks, direct support, support for charging stations, or what, but the tech HAS to hit the market hard and consistently.

8:01AM PST on Dec 11, 2010


12:22PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

There are these things called feet, that work pretty well for short haul. Bicycles, although because of the motorized vehicles, nowhere near as safe with our over crowded streets and people who should not be driving. Buses can be good...BUT, car owners are on average, not supportive, and so the routes become shorter and longer waits more common. Then there are a variety of trains. They can be great, but again, people complain about subsidies, etc. . Do people understand just how much we subsidize planes and automobiles. Perhaps we should have wheel taxes as many countries do. The more gas you burn, the bigger, the more luxurious, the higher the tax to register your car or truck. We can make allowances for type of use, income,and other legitimate reasons. How many are tired of some big vehicle,carrying no cargo, except the inconsiderate driver, tailgating you, or speeding by, maybe getting 15 mpg. A high tax on these vehicles that are never going to be used for what they were designed for, might get some off the road, and I don't mean a clunker rebate, that will be used to get another work vehicle that will never carry a load. Transportation modes should pay a per capita foot print tax. Putting more people on buses and trains, or in carpools, would also drop fuel prices, and stress in the short and long term, and probably air fares. I would love to ride my bicycle and feel fairly safe on the roads. Then there are other benefits people rarely think are related. More rainfall wo

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