Top Ten Most Fuel Efficient Light Vehicles In The US Are All Plug-Ins

JAN 14 2017 BY MARK KANE

BMW i3

BMW i3

Efficiency of the plug-in electric car is unmatched anywhere else in today’s automotive landscape.

The top ten most fuel efficient light vehicles in the US, as measured by the EPA, consists only of plug-ins – nine all-electric vehicles and one with range extender/plug-in hybrid*

Plug-in cars are compared using a miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) rating, which assumes 33.7 kWh of electricity is equal to one gallon of gasoline.

In the final 2016 results, the best of the best is the Hyundai IONIQ Electric, which opens the table with 136 MPGe, nearly 10% higher than second BMW i3 (old 60 Ah version)!  Well, kinda*…as the EPA apparently has not gotten the specs for all the 2017s sorted out, including the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime – which at 133 MPGe is nearly as impressive as the Hyundai, as well as he likes of the new Ford Focus Electric (107 MPGe), of the Model S (104 MPGe), etc

The point is, to be even in contention for one of the ‘top 1o’ (or top 25) most fuel efficient vehicles in the US…you have to be able to plug in these days.

As of today only nine models exceed 100 MPGe combined fuel economy level.

Top Ten Most Fuel Efficient Light Vehicles, MY 2017

Vehicle PhotoVehicleCombined Fuel
Economy
(MPGe)
City/Hwy Fuel
Economy
(MPGe)
2017 Hyundai Ioniq ElectricHyundai Ioniq Electric
Automatic (A1) EV
136150/122
2014 BMW i3BMW i3 BEV (60 Amp-hour battery)
Automatic (A1) EV
124137/111
2017 Chevy BoltChevrolet Bolt
Automatic (A1) EV
119128/110
2014 BMW i3BMW i3 BEV (94 Amp-hour battery)
Automatic (A1) EV
118129/106
2017 Fiat 500eFiat 500e
Automatic (A1) EV
112121/103
2016 Mitsubishi iMiEVMitsubishi i-MiEV
Automatic (A1) EV
112121/102
2017 Nissan LEAFNissan Leaf
Automatic (A1) EV
112124/101
2016 Kia Soul EVKia Soul Electric
Automatic (A1) EV
105120/92
2014 BMW i3BMW i3 REX (94 Amp-hour battery)
0.6 L, 2 cyl, Automatic (A1) PHEV
8895/81
2017 Mercedes B250eMercedes-Benz B250e
Automatic (A1) EV
8485/82
Note: A1 = automatic transmission with one speed.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Economy data, Fueleconomy.gov Top Ten, accessed December 1, 2016.

source: energy.gov

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