Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What's missing from 'greenest cars of 2012' list

GreenCars.org, in conjunction with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, has published their 'greenest cars for 2012' rankings.

Guess what's NOT on the list?

The Chevy Volt, favorite of our president, and a car that gets roughly $250,000 in government subsidies to be produced.

In fact, the Volt failed to make the list of Greener Choices for 2012, though the Chevy Equinox and Ford F150 Pickup FFV did.

ACEEE is “an independent, nonprofit research group dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.”

Here is the list with the ranking and the model:

58 MITSUBISHI I-MIEV
55 HONDA CIVIC NATURAL GAS
55 NISSAN LEAF
54 TOYOTA PRIUS
53 HONDA INSIGHT
53 SMART FORTWO CABRIOLET/COUPE
52 SCION IQ
52 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
51 LEXUS CT200H
51 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID LE
50 HONDA CR-Z
50 TOYOTA YARIS

The website also lists the 'meanest vehicles for the environment,' as if an inanimate object can be mean.

3 comments:

Mad Jack said...

Hold the phone and stop the music, Mrs. Thurber. Your essay is somewhat misleading here.

You said: The Chevy Volt... a car that gets roughly $250,000 in government subsidies to be produced.

To which I responded, so what? A quarter million isn't even a drop in the bucket compared to what is wasted in government employee perks every day. I was thinking that GM was getting a quarter million just to get these skunk wagons on the street. Then I followed the link.

Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle

Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it

That's a quarter million per car, which is a big difference from the chicken feed I was thinking about. Each and every rolling junk pile that comes out of the GM factory is costing We the People $250,000.

Admittedly it might be less, but that's a "maybe", not a certainty.

This is nuts. A brand new Corvette sells for around $50,000, so even if the estimate is off by, say, half... then you and I can both get a brand new corvette for free as soon as they hit the market.

This is so nuts I can't believe it. This is just plain stupid.

Maggie Thurber said...

sorry for your confusion, Mad Jack - I thought the whole 'a' car reference was clear...

:)

Mad Jack said...

I think it's the credibility factor involved. I mean, who in their right mind would actually spend $250,000 per car for Detroit iron?

Sure, throw a quarter million at GM and write it off as Federal Government advertising - it'll get lost in the shuffle. But a quarter million per car? That's so nuts it is actually criminal - malfeasance of office or something.

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