Kelley Blue Book Announces Best Green Cars For Earth Day – BMW i3 Declared Winner


BMW i3 And Volkswagen e-Golf Land In #1 And #2 Spots

BMW i3 And Volkswagen e-Golf Land In #1 And #2 Spots

2015 Nissan LEAF Lands In #3 Spot

2015 Nissan LEAF Lands In #3 Spot

This year, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) compiled a list of the most efficient stand-out cars of the year that are chosen based on efficiency, price, practicality and powertrain, just in time for Earth Day.

KBB’s “Best Green Cars of 2015” list includes 10 vehicles, 5 of which are plug-in electric cars.

For 2015, the BMW i3 is the repeat winner.  It captured the top spot from KBB last year too.

In #2, we find the Volkswagen e-Golf, followed by the Nissan LEAF in third.  The two other plug-ins to make the cut are the Tesla Model S in sixth and the Chevrolet Volt in seventh.

Check out the press release below for more information:

10 BEST GREEN CARS OF 2015 NAMED BY KELLEY BLUE BOOK Editors Select Standout Environmentally Conscious New Rides Just in Time for Earth Day,

Choose BMW i3 as No. 1 for Second Year in a Row

Tesla Model S Gets #3 Spot

Tesla Model S Gets #6 Spot

IRVINE, Calif., April 16, 2015 – Just in time for Earth Day, eco-friendly drivers in the market for a new car can learn about the 10 Best Green Cars of 2015, hand-selected by the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Taking the top spot on this annual list for the second year in a row is the all-electric BMW i3.Each year the editors compile a list of the most efficient vehicles available and then pick 10 standouts featuring a variety of price ranges and powertrains. More than just a compilation of the most fuel-efficient vehicles, the list includes a wide variety of standouts, each with its own appealing mix of efficiency, practicality and price. With more environmental-focused models available every year, choosing the 10 best among the pack is proving to be a challenging task.
“The list of ‘green’ vehicle standouts continues to blossom, and with strict Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements coming down the pipeline, auto manufacturers are making stronger advancements each year in creating more environmentally friendly vehicles,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s “Topping this list for the second year in a row is the BMW i3 – an electric car that can sprint to 60 mph in just over 7 seconds, and is made in a factory powered entirely by four wind turbines. And if 81 miles of electric range doesn’t work for you, the i3 can be had with a small gas generator that lets you go as far as there are gas stations.”

And here’s the ranking:’s 10 Best Green Cars of 2015

Rank 2015 Model-Year Vehicle

1 BMW i3
2 Volkswagen e-Golf
3 Nissan Leaf
4 Toyota Prius
5 Honda Accord Hybrid
6 Tesla Model S
7 Chevrolet Volt
8 Toyota Camry Hybrid
9 Ford C-Max Hybrid
10 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Lastly, here’s a link for ” full editorial commentary for the 10 Best Green Cars of 2015, including fuel economy and range information for each model, pricing information, vehicle photography and more.

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8 Comments on "Kelley Blue Book Announces Best Green Cars For Earth Day – BMW i3 Declared Winner"

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Why would any hybrids make the list? A BEV is cleaner than a hybrid.

I can understand the Prius making the list, but how do they figure a Prius or any other hybrid ahead of Tesla or the Volt? And how is it they have the CMax Hybrid, but not the Energi?

Is KBB sponsored or backed by the oil industry?

Excuse me??

No Kia Soul EV on the explain please..

Top 10 lists are just clickbait written by interns. Every time you click next on one of these, the add revenue goes up. List should be taken with a very large salt lick.

There have been quite a few ground-to-grave studies done now on the lifetime waste of various cars. They all show that EVs are very close to comparable ICE. Electric drive is smoother, and more efficient than ICE, but batteries are too big, and inefficient to give a big advantage. The solution to waste is to reduce the amount of stuff. Pretending that big, fast cars are not hugely wasteful, regardless what they run on, is self-delusion.

Ok, so when are you giving up all modern transportation, modern dwellings, and modern infrastructure?

We’ve lived in a modern, earth bermed, passive solar house, with the most efficient modern appliances and lighting available, for 38 years. I have the most modern, most efficient form of transportation available. I don’t see any need to change. But I grant it isn’t made easy. In the years since retiring, my 34 mpg economy car’s mileage has gone from 17,000 miles average, over twenty years, to 450 miles average. My 3000 MPGe electric assist bicycle average has gone to 5,060 miles per year. With the simple addition of a paved shoulder on the last two miles into the city, I could have been commuting by electric assist bicycle for much of that time.

There were four changes to this list from 2014. Inserted was the e-Golf (2nd) and the Camry (8th). Okay the e-Golf is new, but I’m not sure what changed that the Camry Hybrid took a seat. Also the Civic (8th) and Lexus ES 300h (9th) were removed.

I also think there might be a click fishing aspect to this list since the 2015 Best Buy electric/hybrid went to the Volt, but here its listed as sixth. Totally absent is any real criteria used.

It seems there were many hands in the pot.