Electric vehicles top list of green cars

The massive range of green cars available to fleet managers can make it difficult to choose the right vehicle for a fleet. For example, how can people tell if an all-electric vehicle or a petrol-electric hybrid will best service their needs?

The ACEEE's list is dominated by all-electric cars.

Thankfully, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has shed some light on this topic, compiling a list of the greenest cars available to fleet managers worldwide. Unsurprisingly, the selection was dominated by the new wave of all-electric cars.

However, organisations that don't believe they can commit to the unique attributes offered by electric cars also have a number of hybrids to choose from. 

Electric cars make their presence felt

While hybrids are an important section of the green cars market, it's not surprising that electric vehicles top the ACEEE's list of "greenest" cars. After all, hybrids still have a petrol-burning internal combustion engine, while electric cars release exactly zero emissions. 

Despite this, the latest Toyota Prius still ranked fourth overall on the organisation's list, beating Nissan's all-electric Leaf compact car. The Prius has long been the gold standard for what hybrid vehicles can achieve, with nearly two decades of development cementing it as one of Toyota's most recognisable contributions to the automotive world. 

However, the podium went to a selection of all-electric cars, with the ACEEE naming the Smart ForTwo, Chevrolet Spark and Fiat 500e as the three most efficient cars on the market. 

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Should fleet managers investigate all-electric options?

Emerging technology is always a challenge for businesses to integrate into their daily operations, especially when it represents a significant change to established trends. One of the key challenges to electric vehicles is "range anxiety", a trend that could limit consumer adoption of these vehicles. 

Unlike normal cars or petrol-electric hybrids, there's no quick method for charging electric vehicles, which means that if people run low on battery it may be hours before they can continue driving. Thankfully, the supporting infrastructure is growing, with many malls and carpark buildings offering charging stations. 

In some cases, the price of these vehicles can be off-putting for businesses looking to secure green cars. As with any new technology, prices are likely to decrease over time. With Tesla - manufacturer of the premium Model S - announcing it will attempt to alleviate these concerns with the upcoming Model 3, the market will hopefully expand to include cheaper options.