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Published on April 23rd, 2015 | by James Ayre


10 Best ‘Eco Friendly’ Cars Of 2015 As Named By Kelley Blue Book

April 23rd, 2015 by  

The 10 best ‘eco friendly’ cars of 2015 — as determined by the editors over at the noted vehicle valuation and information source Kelley Blue Book — were recently outlined in an interesting new list.

The top spot for the year was (not completely surprisingly) nabbed by BMW’s all-electric i3 model — following on the i3 grabbing other such honors elsewhere as well, and sitting at the top of all cars in the US in terms of “fuel” efficiency.


The new list from Kelley Blue Book is part of its yearly practice of compiling a ranking of the most efficient vehicles for the year, across all price ranges and power train variabilities.

“The list of ‘green’ vehicle standouts continues to blossom, and with strict Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements coming down the pipeline, auto manufacturers are making stronger advancements each year in creating more environmentally friendly vehicles,” stated Jack R Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “Topping this list for the second year in a row is the BMW i3 – an electric car that can sprint to 60 mph in just over 7 seconds, and is made in a factory powered entirely by four wind turbines. And if 81 miles of electric range doesn’t work for you, the i3 can be had with a small gas generator that lets you go as far as there are gas stations.”

Other vehicles that were ranked highly by the list include: the Volkswagen e-Golf (2nd); the Nissan Leaf (3rd); the Toyota Prius (4th); the Honda Accord Hybrid (5th); the Tesla Model S (6th); the Chevy Volt (7th); and onwards through the rest of the top 10.

Overall, a pretty ‘safe’ ranking arrangement — the e-Golf, the Leaf, and the i3 all got due recognition, as many other lists have been providing them. I suppose you could always contest Tesla’s position further on down the list, but all things considered, I’d say it’s probably fair. Myself, I’m heavily biased towards the Leaf, and would have placed it higher.

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  • Kyle Field

    Awkward list…the accord hybrid above Tesla? Huh? Oh well, at least EVs have a solid presence, which is worth celebrating on it’s own. Saw an i3 and a smart EV on the way home from work yesterday:D

    • “Awkward list…the accord hybrid above Tesla? Huh?”
      -Yeah. Why I can never get myself to create such a list. All the ones I see look odd, and I figure mine will too. 😀

      “Saw an i3 and a smart EV on the way home from work yesterday. :D”
      -That’s cool. In your B-Class Electric?

      • Kyle Field

        In the Prius 🙂 can’t wait to trade that thing in for an ev …

        You could go with “top 5 EVs” and “top 5 phevs”. Phevs specifically get really interesting as the way they are built is very very different between the different manufacturers ( volt vs Prius for instance ).

    • Larmion

      The Tesla Model S is one of the most energy hungry EVs, simply because it’s a big, heavy luxury sedan. It wouldn’t surprise me if a smaller hybrid would beat the Model S in energy efficiency and overall environmental footprint – as this list suggests.

      The Model S is a clear leader in its class, but that doesn’t make it a leader overall.

  • Martin

    Perhaps in 10, 15 years there will be list like this, except it will be about the last ICE cars!
    I am an optimist!

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