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Going Green - how fuel efficient is your car

The latest list of Australia’s most environmentally friendly light vehicles has been announced. Does yours make the cut?

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Australians love their cars. With almost 19 million registered vehicles on the road and about 1.2 million new vehicles sold each year, a car is the primary mode of transport for most people.

But not all cars are made equal, with the economic and environmental costs of vehicles a big consideration for many buyers today.

The Australian Green Vehicle Guide releases a monthly ranking of the top 20 performing new light vehicles based on their CO2 emissions.

For the first time ever, electric vehicles filled the top five spots in the list, with the BMW i3 coming in first place in July.

Renault’s ZOE and Kangoo ZE vehicles came in second and third, while Tesla’s Model S and X round out the top five.

The rest of the list (see below) is made up of plug-in hybrid vehicles, with the Audi A3 e-tron ranking the most economical of the group, emitting just 35g of CO2 per kilometre.   

Despite the green credentials of electric vehicles, however, sales in Australia are yet to take off.

WHEELS Magazine estimates that there will be 2,200 electric vehicle (EV) sales by the end of this year, or about one vehicle for every 11,049 people. Compare that to China where one EV was bought for every 214 people, or Norway where one EV was bought for every 39 people.

The lower uptake of EVs in Australia is largely attributed to a lack of infrastructure to support electric cars, coupled with no government incentives to encourage consumer uptake. 

 

Rank

Make

Model

Fuel type

CO2 range (g/km)

1

BMW

i3

Electric

0

2

Renault

ZOE

Electric

0

3

Renault

Kangoo ZE

Electric

0

4

Tesla

Model S

Electric

0

5

Tesla

Model X

Electric

0

6

Audi

A3 e-tron

Plug-in hybrid

35

7

Mitsubishi

Outlanders PHEV

Plug-in hybrid

41

8

Volvo

XC90

Plug-in hybrid

49

9

Volvo

XC60

Plug-in hybrid

49

10

BMW

330e

Plug-in hybrid

49

11

BMW

i8

Plug-in hybrid

49

12

BMW

740e

Plug-in hybrid

50

13

Mercedes-Benz

E350e

Plug-in hybrid

55

14

Mercedes-Benz

C350e

Plug-in hybrid

56

15

Porsche

G2 Panamera

Plug-in hybrid

56

16

Mercedes-Benz

S500Le

Plug-in hybrid

65

17

Mercedes-Benz

GLE500e

Plug-in hybrid

78

18

BMW

X5 xDrive40e

Plug-in hybrid

78

19

Porsche

Cayenne

Plug-in hybrid

79

20

Toyota

Prius

Plug-in hybrid

80

 

To view the latest Green Vehicle Guide fact sheet visit: http://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/StaticContent/FactSheetDownload?viewName=Information%2FFactSheetDownload