The 2007 Green Machines

by Mindy Hiteshue — last modified Feb 21, 2007 04:20 PM

The Sierra Club recently posted an interesting blog entry regarding the 2007 release of the "Greenest Vehicles of 2007." If you have time, check out the comments to the blog post--lots of folks responded with questions and remarks about the list that you might find interesting.

priusIn a nutshell, the report, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, highlights the top 12 most "eco-friendly" vehicles. Topping the list are the Honda Civic GX (#1), Toyota Prius (#2), and the Honda Civic Hybrid (#3). Check out the full list and look for your car. Unless, of course, you drive a GM or a Ford...none of those made the cut. However, there are some Ford models on the Greener Choices 2007 list.

And just for kicks, check out the Meanest Vehicles for the Environment in 2007. I guess this means I should go ahead and trade in my Lamborghini Murciélago...

So, how did your cars fare?

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Comments (6)

Grady May 10, 2007 02:20 PM
Does a 1996 Honda Civic count as more friendly than a new Honda, because it didn't take any more resources to make this year?
joanne May 10, 2007 02:20 PM
Do you realize from 1900 ti 1925 electric cars, trolleys, trains and taxis were in abundance. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were working together to develope the best vehicle and battery possible until derailed by a "Enronesque" conspiracy composed of GM, Phillips Petroleum, Standard Oil of CA, Mack Truck and Firestone Tires. The Supreme Court and Congress found them guilty in 1947 of conspiracy to monopolize bus sales and thwart competition.

We need to go forward by going back directly to electric transportation not by the slow route of PHEV's and ethanol.

Read: Internal Combustion: how corporations and governments addicted the world to oil and derailed the alternatives, by Edwin Black, published in Sept. 06.
The May 10, 2007 02:20 PM
Thanks for the link! This topic has really sparked an amazing amount of discussion. Thought Grady and others might be interested in reading this exchange about the merits of keeping an old car versus buying a new one: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200511/mrgreen_mailbag.asp
Mindy Hiteshue May 10, 2007 02:20 PM
Great! And yes, in regards to your post at the site you referenced, it is sad to finally come to grips with the fact that most folks just don't take public transportation! I would...but it would take me 40 minutes to get to work if I took the bus...when I drive, it take me 12!
Mike May 10, 2007 02:20 PM
Are there any American Car Companies that at least get a congeniality award on the Green List?
bezoar May 10, 2007 02:20 PM
In some contrast to this discussion -- the most environmentally friendly cars for 2007 -- check out this thread on Cyburbia (a bulletin board for planners and planning afficianados).

http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=27676

The lead post basiclly asks, if cars are able to travel even farther cheaply and quickly in the future, how far will our cities sprawl? It gets an interesting variety of responses.

If they make you log in to read the thread, it's 'future of cities' under 'transportation planning'.
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