Tesla Model S, X, Nissan LEAF, Bolt Score AAA Awards



The Tesla Model X 75D shines in the AAA’s Top Green Car Awards for 2018 taking the Overall win as well SUV/Minivan and Best Over $50k categories.

AAA’s Top Green Vehicle awards

AAA presents the best “green”cars to help shoppers make an informed choice, as there are so many choices now that some might be overwhelmed or confused.

There are more plug-ins on the list. The new Nissan LEAF SL won the Compact Car category.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier won two – Subcompact Car and Best $30K – $50K.

Read Also – AAA Says Electric Vehicles Have A Lower Than Average Ownership Cost

Tesla Model S 75 won Large Car category, while BMW 530e iPerformance picked-up Midsize Car.

Only two non-plug-in models were listed in the Top Green Car Awards – one due to there being only a few choices below $30,000 and the other because it’s a pickup. There are still no pickups offered in a plug-in version, but the first PHEV in that category could certainly make a big splash.

“To help drivers looking to making the switch or find their next green vehicle, Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center conducts extensive and thorough testing of high fuel efficiency, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles each year, and assigns ratings based on criteria important to buyers such as ride quality, safety and performance.”

Megan McKernan, manager of Automotive Research Center said:

“A first-time buyer may feel overwhelmed or confused by the differences between gas-powered, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric. Our evaluations are designed to help drivers select a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle – not just the most efficient one.”

Separately, AAA provides results from the latest surveyonplug-in electric cars, which shows that some 20% or 50 million Americans will likely go electric for their next vehicle purchase. One year ago it was 15%.

Range anxiety and lack of charging places are the most common complaints, but those problems become smaller every year (range of new models increase, while number of public charging stations increased to over 16,000).

Electric Cars

Chevrolet Bolt EVs – finding more US driveways every month!

“With lower-than-average ownership costs, increased driving ranges and the latest advanced safety features, AAA sees a strong future for electric vehicles. To help “green” car shoppers make an informed choice, AAA conducts independent, rigorous test-track evaluations of plug-in hybrids, hybrid and fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicles.

“Today, electric vehicles have mainstream appeal,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering. “While concern for the environment is still a major motivator, AAA found U.S. drivers are also attracted to the lower long-term costs and advanced technology features that many of these vehicles offer.”

Perhaps fueling American’s desire for electric vehicles, AAA’s survey found that “range anxiety” is beginning to ease. Among those unsure or unwilling to choose an electric vehicle for their next car, 63 percent (down 9 percent from 2017) cited not enough places to charge as a detractor while 58 percent (down 15 percent from 2017) expressed concern over running out of charge while driving. Not surprisingly, range anxiety is less of a concern for millennials (48 percent) than Generation X or Baby Boomers (64 percent and 66 percent, respectively).

While range is important to most (87 percent) electric and hybrid vehicle shoppers, it is not the only consideration. Reliability is king with nine-in-ten (92 percent) of those likely to by an electric or hybrid vehicle stating it is important when evaluating which car to buy. Electric and hybrid car shoppers are also prioritizing crash ratings (77 percent), cost (71 percent), acceleration and handling (69 percent) and advanced safety technology such as automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance (60 percent). Fewer drivers are concerned with style, color, or design of the vehicle (34 percent) or brand of the vehicle (33 percent).”

“Although Americans may be more eager to buy an electric vehicle, having the right infrastructure will be critical to its widespread adoption. In 2018, the availability of charging stations had grown to more than 16,000 in the United States and, although anxiety over range has reduced, AAA’s survey found consumer expectation for charging time while on the road may not align with reality. Seven-in-ten (68 percent) Americans feel that while out driving, a charging time of no more than 30 minutes is a reasonable amount of time to wait.

“Today’s drivers are accustomed to a quick fill up at the corner gas station, but electric vehicle charging can sometimes take several hours,” said Brannon. “With a little planning, electric vehicle owners can avoid a roadside inconvenience and, as technology improves, charging times will too.””

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9 Comments on "Tesla Model S, X, Nissan LEAF, Bolt Score AAA Awards"

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Looking at the charts and not the article the Bolt stands out as both the best $30k-$50K and subcompact winner. But the sub head just tells me that Tesla’s X 75D is the best $50K+ vehicle. Guess what there aren’t a lot of $50K+ green vehicles that aren’t Tesla.

Yeah the Bolt got the most awards but is the least mentioned in the article. Kind of a bummer, but oh well. Actually, Tesla Model X did win “Overall” and Best over $50k, so it garnered two awards too I think? At least there’s a lot of plug-ins on the list.

Great News for all the cars. MY wife and I swapped LEAFs today. I took her 2016SL to work. Wow it is a really nice car, she gets about 90 miles on a 90% charge or 120 miles on a full charge. The range meter seems to be spot on. When we go out of town she can get 150 miles driving conservatively and following our camper. She called me a while ago and went on and on about how fast and quick my 2012LEAF was. The 2012 was the fastest model up to the new 2018 versions. My 2012SL model is only good for about 75-80 miles on a full charge though which is perfect for a mid size town like Birmingham. I usually keep it in the 20-80% charge range to maximize longevity and I can still basically go anywhere in town on one charge. The 20-80% charges are recommended for all EVs actually.

The Bolts are great new cars, but if you need something less expensive try a 5 or 6 year old used LEAF. Kelly Blue book says its the lest expensive car to own. If its limited range suites your needs you will save a fortune over the next 20 years just driving around town.

Since the Niro PHEV starts at below $30k before tax credit, why not just have it on the list instead of the regular hybrid version?

A bit of cognitive dissonance from AAA regarding Tesla?

It hasn’t been that long (June 2017) since an IEVs article about AAA charging a higher price for insuring Tesla cars… despite the fact that other insurance companies are giving a discount due to Tesla’s very high crash safety ratings!


I don’t see how that can be… Just today it was reported that 2 teens burned to death in a “Too Intense” (rescuer’s words, not mine) fire. A 3rd teen lived but was in the back seat and was ejected from the car and lived. Quite obviously since car ejections are usually fatal – the car wasn’t going that fast for THAT guy not to live, and in this case, the EJECTION saved his life, since rescuers could not approach the car other wise due to the intense heat.

What is going on with these “S”‘s and X’s lately? I’ve NEVER heard of a 1st gen Roadster catching fire, and as a matter of fact almost no other ev. Very popular models you NEVER hear of them being in a fire. But Tesla X and S fires are ‘Ho – Hum, so what, another couple of people got cremated in a Tesla’. So much for Tesla’s self-styled “World’s Safest Car”.

Now cue the Moronic Magpie comments, Tesla Shills, and those whose stock is changing.

They have high performance batteries that are subject to thermal runaway. The thermal management system keeps the batteries from bursting into flames during normal use but in accidents apparently the batteries can short circuit. Still statistically much less than gas fueled fiery auto accidents,. I think on TV they said 300 auto fiery accidents every day and 50 spontaneous car fires. If one is an EV though they make a mountain out of a morel hill. Teslas are very safe cars. I suspect someone may have been showing off and lost it.

One thing is for sure, it is a very tragic and sad accident. I hope the third teenager makes a full recovery, and perhaps he or she can pass the experience on to others in a positive way.

Hey if anyone is interested in a New EV in North Alabama try Edwards Chevy or Benton Nissan in Hoover. They may be least likely to try to talk you out of it. Ask them for an employee discount, all they an say is yes or no, say ZEOG sent you. They do not make any money at all on EVs after they are sold. Gas cars are like a gold mine for the maintenance department. If you want the best in performance and luxury and long range adaptability I think you order Teslas online.

Happy motoring – ZEOG zero emissions owners group