New electric Car guide shows not all EVs are same shade of green

New electric Car guide shows not all EVs are same shade of green

The Green Electric Car Guide

The Green Electric Car Guide, published Friday by Total Environment Centre, scores and ranks the base models of all electric cars available for sale in Australia this year under $100,000.

TEC energy and transport analyst Mark Byrne says the EVs are scored according to their lifecycle carbon emissions, their use of sustainable technologies, and each car maker’s record in promoting or discouraging the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

And as you can see in the table below, some results are a bit surprising.


For instance, while we might expect to see Tesla up the top of the rankings, as well as Volvo and Volvo subsidiary Polestar, it’s unexpected to see BMW down near the bottom of emissions rankings, particularly when its stablemate Mini Electric is in the middle. It’s also interesting to note the big difference between the Hyundai Ionic 5 and 6.

“We’ve looked under the hood so buyers don’t have to,” says Byrne.

“By buying any electric car, you are helping to decarbonise Australia’s transport sector, which is one-fifth of our total economy-wide emissions.

“You can roughly double the positive impact … by recharging it from solar instead of through the grid. And you can make even more of an impact by buying one that has been designed and built to be relatively sustainable.

“Or you can keep it simple and just go for the most energy efficient car that meets most of your needs. We also encourage buyers to keep it simple. Do I really need a big battery, all wheel drive, big wheels and a sunroof?”

TEC executive director Jeff Angel says the plan is to update the Green Electric Car Guide every time a new EV hits the Australian market – provided the team can attract ongoing funding.

“The Guide was created by TEC with no industry or government money or sponsorship,” says Angel.

“By arming consumers with transparent and comprehensive information, this guide empowers individuals to make choices that align with a cleaner and greener future.”

Angel also notes that while TEC has  done its “level best” with the publicly available data, it is keen for anyone with credible new or different information to get in touch, to help keep the guide and the rankings up to date.

“And we welcome feedback from users telling us how the guide has helped them or how it could be improved,” Angel says.

Many of the most popular EVs are downgraded because the companies that make them are not seen as particularly supportive of EV policies.

“No car currently available in Australia comes close to a 100 point score. The EV market is not yet mature, and technological advances are coming thick and fast. We expect scores to gradually increase over time.

​”If you already have an EV and it has a low score, don’t despair. Your car is still very likely to have a substantially lower lifetime carbon footprint than the nearest equivalent fossil fuel car. Depending on how you drive and recharge it, your EV could be between one-third and two-thirds less polluting than the nearest fossil fuel equivalent.”

As electricity grids shift to mostly renewable energy generation, and with the speed of technological advances in this space, the EV advantage will grow over time.


sophie gale

Sophie is editor of One Step Off The Grid and deputy editor of its sister site, Renew Economy. Sophie has been writing about clean energy for more than a decade.


In conclusion:
Check out how  environmentally friendly they are and be wary of Cheap Chinese EVS  like  the  MGZS EV Excite  as they cut many  environmental  corners  the reason they are the worst car on this list:



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