'Green Vehicle Guide' will help car buyers make the right choice

For fleet managers, and indeed all car buyers, one of the major concerns when it comes to picking the right vehicle is how fuel efficient - and, perhaps more importantly, how environmentally friendly - that vehicle is.

Luckily, the government has launched a 'Green Vehicle Guide', which lists the top performing and top selling green cars currently available in Australia.

The guide ranks the most recent light vehicles (defined as having up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass) launched on the Australian market according to their environmental performance and the level of greenhouse gases they emit.

All ranking data is received from the car manufacturers themselves, who conduct fuel-efficiency and other tests against Australian standards on each and every car.

Cars are given a greenhouse rating (based on their carbon dioxide emissions), air pollution rating (based on Australian emission standards), and a rating based on overall fuel consumption.

Smartfleet also offers fuel consumption management software, which will let you know how much fuel your fleet is going through minute-by-minute. This will, in turn, give you the information you need to decide whether its time to dispose of fuel-sucking cars and opt for greener, more fuel-efficient models.

Reading the 'Green Vehicle Guide' and implementing fleet management software can help potential purchasers to choose cars that have the smallest possible impact on climate change, urban air pollution and human health.

According to the Green Vehicle Guide, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Holden are in the top three spots with their iMiEV, Leaf and Volt respectively all receiving five-star rankings. The iMiEV and Leaf are both electric cars, but the Volt is a hybrid.

In February of this year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Volt is the most fuel-efficient car with a gasoline engine currently on the market in the United States.