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Greenest car ratings worldwide in MY 2019

This statistic gives a ranking of the greenest cars globally in the 2019 model year, based on index score. In MY 2019, the Volkswagen eGolf was ranked as the ninth most environmentally friendly car worldwide with an index score of 62.

The world’s most environmentally friendly cars

Although the automotive industry has often proved its resilience, the year 2015 was a year of reality check for the entire sector. Car recalls due to rigged engines or faulty products, including brakes and airbags, came as a shock to carmakers, suppliers and customers alike. In a UK government-sponsored study, the real driving emissions of 93 vehicles exceeded the regulations laid down by the European Union and the United States, and the manipulation of emission data is not likely confined to Volkswagen. In addition to these woes, policymakers around the world are demanding that the vehicles produced by OEMs become more environmentally friendly. Based on an index score, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and BMW i3 are tied in first place as the greenest car worldwide. Other top green cars include the the Fiat 500E and the Toyota Prius ECO.

The diesel scandal goes on to show the limited extent to which engineers can improve the performance of internal combustion engines, particularly diesel engines. The demise of internal combustion engines could herald the rise of the electric vehicle, although it remains debatable if batteries and electricity are a clean alternative to the petroleum-based fuels used to power conventional cars. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of electric vehicles on the road increased from 109,000 to just under two million units. Notwithstanding the growing popularity of electric vehicles, cars powered by internal combustion engines are not to be written off just yet.

Looking at the way the industry has been evolving over the last years, one has but to note that with change comes opportunity. The switch from conventional to electric vehicles will result in major chances and risks for suppliers, as fuel-efficient cars are set to become lighter and, at the same time, more expensive: It is estimated that there are about 11,000 parts in electric vehicles, compared to around 30,000 in gasoline-fuelled automobiles; furthermore, the cost of parts in environmentally friendlier cars is expected to increase by more than 2,500 U.S. dollars per vehicle because suppliers would have to invest in expensive materials, including carbon fiber reinforced plastic, high-tensile steel, aluminum and aluminum alloys.

Most environmentally friendly cars worldwide in MY 2019, based on index score

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Supplementary notes

Index score is based on fuel economy; fuel economy for electric vehicles is provided in miles per kilowatt-hour, while fuel economy for plug-in hybrids is provided in miles per gallon for gasoline operation and in miles per kilowatt hour for electric operation.
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid both earn a score of 63; the BMW i3s earns a score of 64, according to the source.

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