12 greenest cars of 2012

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has released its list of the most environmentally friendly cars of 2012, but there's one glaring omission.

Mitsubishi i
Fuel ecomony: 126 city / 99 hwy MPGe
Price: $29,125 - $31,125

Mitsubishi's very light lithium-ion powered electric car is the "greenest" car on sale in America today, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit group. The i-MiEV, also known as the i, is powered by a 66 horsepower electric motor.

One car you won't see anywhere on this list is the Chevrolet Volt. That's because the ACEEE uses vehicle weight as a criterion for scoring, under the assumption that a heavier vehicle causes more waste in production.


By Peter Valdes-Dapena @PeterDrives - Last updated February 10 2012: 8:25 AM ET
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