We’ve talked a lot about what the most environmentally friendly cars are — but what about the least? If your focus is less on having the most environmentally friendly vehicle on the block and more on just not being the absolute worst, you’re going to want to read on.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has come out with a list of the most and least — the greenest and meanest — environmentally friendly vehicles of 2014. The council scored vehicles based on their fuel efficiency, emissions levels, fuel source, and the recyclability of component parts.
Unsurprisingly, the “greenest” list is topped with hybrids and electrics like the Mercedes-Benz Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, the Toyota Prius C, and the Nissan Leaf.
The “meanest” list was mainly composed of luxury sports cars and heavy-duty trucks. Here are the ten most environmentally unfriendly vehicles of 2014, according to the ACEEE:
- 10. Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB
- 9. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
- 8. Ford Expedition FFV / Lincoln Navigator FFV
- 7. Ford F-150 Raptor
- 6. Mercedes-Benz G550
- 5. Mercedes-Bens G63 AMG
- 4. Bentley Mulsanne
- 3. Ford E-150 Wagon FFV
- 2. Bugatti Veyron
- 1. Ram 2500 (Class 2B)
The moral of the story? If you want to be green, don’t buy a powerful sports car at all. And, while a tough, gas guzzling beast of a truck might be required for certain work tasks such as towing and hauling, those who strive to be eco-conscious should avoid using the vehicle to, say, make a trip to the grocery store or drop the children off at ‘Lil Bruisers MMA 4 Kidz Class, if possible.