Effectivity went additional and farther for 2019 model-year autos in virtually each sense of the 2 phrases.
Inexperienced Automobile Reviews’ prime 10 fuel-efficient autos all have one factor in widespread: plugs. However the place they go from there’s something however widespread among the many autos.
Essentially the most environment friendly autos on our listing did extra with their power than the remaining—and saved not simply gasoline. Maybe 2019 would be the yr that mainstream automakers discovered that battery-electric autos aren’t simply wanted for the long run, however to remain aggressive and preserve prospects within the fold they need to even be environment friendly.
Our listing is ranked on power effectivity, not simply vary.
There have been a couple of surprises on our listing, together with the highest spot. We anticipate that as extra electrical autos hit the road, extra drivers might be keenly conscious of not solely how far their vehicles go but in addition how effectively they make every journey.
Right here’s our listing of Inexperienced Automobile Reviews’ prime 10 greenest vehicles for 2019:
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electrical takes the highest spot as essentially the most energy-efficient car obtainable on account of one quantity—and never the opposite. The EPA rated the Ioniq Electrical at 136 MPGe, calculated at 33.7 kwh for 1 gallon of gasoline. The Ioniq’s ranking bests something produced by Tesla to this point, together with the Mannequin S Lengthy Vary.
The draw back? The Ioniq Electrical’s 28-kwh battery pack is rated just for 124 miles of vary, in keeping with the EPA take a look at cycle. That battery pack is sort of assuredly going to get larger within the subsequent few years. Hyundai has bigger packs in practically each BEV they promote the world over, and we Hyundai requested if a bigger LG Chem pack would seem within the Ioniq quickly and heard solely, “Keep tuned.”
2019 Tesla Mannequin three Efficiency
The Tesla Mannequin three is just not solely our Greatest Automobile To Purchase 2019 but in addition essentially the most extensively obtainable BEV (the Ioniq Electrical may be very laborious to seek out).
Essentially the most environment friendly Mannequin three is essentially the most inexpensive one which’s extensively obtainable—supplied you’re not prepared to beg for a Customary mannequin. The EPA rated the Tesla Mannequin three Customary Plus at 133 MPGe, slightly below the Ioniq. In contrast to the Hyundai hatchback, the Mannequin three Customary Plus’ has a variety in step with Joe or Jane Q. Cardriver’s expectations at 310 miles, in keeping with the EPA cycle.
That effectivity and vary are additionally in step with what fashionable electrics must be: inexpensive, approachable, and energy-efficient. To date, Tesla is unsurpassed at power administration, which is proving tough for different automakers.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electrical
The Kona Electrical’s 120-MPGe ranking and 258-mile vary are admirable amongst electrical vehicles. To date, Hyundai’s confirmed to be the primary competitor to Tesla in power administration—no different mainstream EV maker has cracked 120 MPGe past Tesla and Hyundai.
Just like the Ioniq Electrical—however not like the Mannequin three—the Kona Electrical is a uncommon sight on roadways exterior California. We had been solely capable of finding a handful exterior the Golden State (they had been all in ZEV-mandatory-sales states) and stronger EV demand from Europe (and the CO2 rules there) have to this point tied Hyundai’s fingers in America.
Reportedly, any Hyundai vendor can order an Ioniq Electrical or Kona Electrical, though we haven’t but verified these claims from the automaker.
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The primary mass-market EV from a mainstream home automaker can nonetheless train us a factor or two. The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 119 MPGe ranking and 238-mile ranking is admirable, however Chevy introduced that the 2020 model would handle 259 miles of vary from the identical 60-kwh battery configuration, which ought to increase its MPGe ranking additional. That’s much more spectacular.
The solar could also be setting on the Bolt EV as GM prepares a devoted EV lineup for the long run, however the Bolt EV hatchback is proof that Detroit can play ball sooner or later with electrical powertrains.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
Even when it’s the final yr of the eGolf earlier than the VW ID armada arrives, the spunky Volkswagen hatch once more earned good scores. The EPA rated the e-Golf at 119 MPGe—identical because the Bolt EV—however its vary of 125 miles is about half of the Chevy hatchback.
For smile-state consumers commuting to work that we heard from, that didn’t matter a lot. The e-Golf’s low-slung battery and plentiful 214 pound-feet of torque (in comparison with 258 lb-ft within the GTI) made it enjoyable to drive and sensible like the remainder of the Golf vary. The e-Golf acquired a number of vary bumps over its lifecycle, the newest in 2017 when its vary was elevated from 83 miles to 125 miles.
It additionally served as a testbed for the ID vary: the e-Golf’s battery packs powered early prototypes.
BMW i3 charging at EVgo quick chargers at Chevron station in Menlo Park, California
The weirdo five-door hatchback from BMW nonetheless earns a spot on this listing due to its 113-MPGe ranking within the BEV (totally electrical) model over 153 miles of rated vary. (The range-extended model, which packs a really small gasoline engine to pinch-hit, charges 100 MPGe, and the dubiously named i3s charges equivalent to each variations.)
The i3 as soon as served because the beacon for BMW’s future effectivity motion, though that ship has largely sailed. Now, the automaker says they’ll transfer to extra mainstream appears to be like that don’t abandon fully the automaker’s styling language, however right here’s hoping they don’t abandon the i3’s effectivity.
2019 Kia Niro EV
The Niro EV’s first yr on sale was a gradual one. On prime of constrained provide due to larger-than-expected demand in Europe, the Niro’s gradual rollout within the states was largely restricted to CARB states with the ZEV mandate requiring plug-in car gross sales.
That’s a disgrace. The Niro EV’s 64-kwh battery, 201-hp electrical motor, 239-mile vary, and wagon proportions make it not solely environment friendly on the street, but in addition sensible for a lot of household drivers. Now 2020 Kia Soul EV is on the best way with a similar-size battery.
2019 Nissan Leaf Plus
Although 2019 noticed the extended-range Nissan Leaf Plus be a part of the vary with a 62-kwh battery rated for greater than 200 miles, it’s the OG Leaf that’s the best with its 40-kwh battery. The Nissan Leaf is EPA rated at 112-mpg with the smaller of the 2 battery packs, and essentially the most inexpensive.
Although the Leaf has struggled for mindshare amongst newer, extra premium EVs, the unique mass-market electrical automobile continues to be among the many best.
2019 Tesla Mannequin S
The Tesla Mannequin S could also be ninth on our effectivity listing, but it surely’s first in a single different metric helpful to first-time EV house owners: vary. The Mannequin S Lengthy Vary is EPA-rated for 370 miles, which blows previous some other EV available on the market.
That’s on account of Tesla’s ace (at the least one in every of them, anyhow), battery administration. The Tesla Mannequin S Lengthy Vary makes use of a 100-kwh battery pack for its spectacular vary, which is doubly spectacular given the 90-kwh pack within the Jaguar I-Tempo solely charges for about 230 miles. (Our real-world assessments struggled to extract even 200 miles.)
Battery administration, weight, and aerodynamics all will play an important position in energy-efficient vehicles within the close to future.
2019 Tesla Mannequin X
The Tesla Mannequin X is the one crossover on our listing and the one one to handle mixed effectivity lower than 100 MPGe. The Mannequin X Lengthy Vary is rated at 325 miles and 96 MPGe from its 100-kwh battery pack that, once more, blows previous the Jaguar I-Tempo and Audi E-tron in vary and effectivity—each of these crossovers fee at about 75 MPGe in mixed effectivity.
That’s excellent news for the Mannequin X’s effectivity, however the Mannequin X (and Mannequin S) have been hit sharply by Tesla’s dwindling tax credit and manufacturing constraints associated to the Mannequin three gross sales bonanza. When the Mannequin Y small crossover lastly arrives, the Mannequin X might be bumped from this listing, however for now, it’s essentially the most energy-efficient household crossover that (quite a bit) of cash should buy.