Tesla S70D takes the top spot despite the fact that it's one of the least efficient EV on the market. Reason given is that it's due to being luxury car and some other nebulous metric.
Limited availability VW eGolf (83 miles range) takes third place, but it doesn't include other limited availability cars like Ford Focus Electric that's sometimes called poor man's Tesla for being "luxurious".
Worse, far longer range Leaf with 107 miles range isn't even mentioned, despite the fact that it's sold far more widely.
And most egregious, many gas cars are mentioned, but not SparkEV! Again, limited availability cars like SparkEV should be on the list since eGolf is. That is outrageous!
You can make up anything you want when measured so subjectively. In other words, that list is crock of sh*t. In this blog post, I'll present a more objective list of "green" cars. For me, "green" is least use of energy, so it's pretty easy to quantify objectively.
For EV, DCFC is a must. That's because DCFC allows one to drive far more than rated battery capacity in a day. For example, SparkEV is rated for 82 miles range, yet it's capable of driving 1000 miles in a day by using multiple DCFC sessions. That allows the car to be driven far more than non-DCFC cars, thus avoiding gas use.
One might argue that Tesla S70D has far longer range, almost eliminating the need for gas car. While Tesla does get more range, one cannot always drive a sedan. Often, one would drive much larger van or SUV or even truck to haul stuff when gas car is needed.
Also, BMW i3 gets about 25% better efficiency than S70D. To get equivalent energy use, Tesla driver would have to skip driving for a day every 5 days (drive 4 days, skip fifth day). Even against SparkEV would be skip driving 1 out of 6 days for Tesla S70D, still highly unlikely scenario.
Rather than taking such scenarios into account, I simply list them in order of EPA's MPGe, a metric of efficiency. Then the list is completely objective without bias (sans DCFC). Approximate prices are after US tax credit plus nominal CA rebate, total of $10K off the MSRP.
|Make/model||EPA MPGe||appx price USD|
|Nissan Leaf (SV/SL)||114||$25K|