Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro5
The Greenest Car? According to AAA, It’s The Tesla Model S
June 20th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Going green means different things to different people. For some, it means only eating organic, locally grown food, while for others it means riding a bicycle instead of driving a car. For those who can’t ditch their car for a bike though, what’s the greenest car you can buy?
According to AAA, it’s none other than the Tesla Model S.
AAA’s SoCal branch ranked several green vehicles to find out which one was the greenest, and it’s little surprise that the American-made Model S topped the charts. It’s long range electric drivetrain and access to free, fast-filling Superchargers makes it the best EV you can buy right now.
Steve Mazor, AAA’s Automotive Research Center Manager and Chief Engineer said that;
“The Tesla Model S is an incredible car. It’s the fastest green car we’ve ever tested: it rides and handles very well; it’s extremely quiet and stops on a dime.”
While there are concerns about cost and charging time outside of the Supercharger network, the Model S is the greenest car you can buy right now, at least according to AAA.
But what if you can’t afford a Model S? Well AAA ranked several other green options as well, with second place falling to the Toyota RAV4 EV, an admitted compliance car that ends production this year. Following that was the Audi Q7 TDI, followed by the Lexus 450h, and finally the Nissan Leaf.
Looking for more value in your green car? AAA says that the greenest value vehicle in none other than the Chevy Spark, which retails at around $14,000, but still relies on gasoline. You’re better off just saving up for the Model S if you ask us, though if you want, you can read the whole AAA ranking of green cars here. Some of the results might surprise you.
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