The Mercedes-Benz Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Convertible/Coupe has been named the “Greenest” vehicle in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 18th annual comprehensive environmental rating list for vehicles.
The publication of the 2015 ratings was released to coincide with the unveiling of ACEEE’s brand new greenercars.org website, which now offers subscription-free access to all vehicle scores from model year 2000 and later, according to a company release.
Though the “Greenest” vehicle list for 2015 is still dominated by battery-electric vehicles and hybrids, the ratings do show that there are still a number of conventional petroleum-fueled models for those looking to be a little more environmentally friendly.
“The Smart Fortwo EV is the lightest electric vehicle on the market,” said Shruti Vaidyanathan, the lead analyst for Greenercars.org to AutoWorldNews. “So not only does it have great fuel efficiency but because we use vehicle weight and battery weight as the primary determinants of manufacturing, assembly, and disposal emissions, it surpasses all other vehicles.”
The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive topped the “Greenest” List for the second consecutive year after posting the highest Green Score ever (61.) The top five was rounded out by the Chevrolet Spark EV (59), Fiat 500E (59), Toyota Prius C (57) and the Nissan Leaf (57).