The new, updated Nissan LEAF has been named the best green car of the year, in a list completely dominated by hybrids and electric car models.
US residual values experts at Kelley Blue Book have drawn up their annual list of the 10 Best Green Cars for 2013, placing the new electric supermini at the top of the list, followed by the Tesla Model S and Ford Focus Electric.
In recent years, the firm says, such battery-powered cars have gone mainstream. Several of the best-selling cars in the United States are now being offered in hybrid, diesel or even pure electric form, giving buyers the ability to drive the car they want with the powertrain they prefer.
"A growing number of both eco-conscious drivers are going 'Green' when it comes to the new car they choose to drive, and auto manufacturers have primed the pump with the widest array of offerings in the 'Green Car' segment than ever before," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com website. "After driving and testing nearly every new vehicle on the market today, our editors compiled a 10 Best Green Cars list that provides a roadmap for consumers looking to get more miles from each gallon of gasoline or to eliminate gasoline altogether."
While some of the models are not available in the UK, the US list gives us an idea of the models likely to attract praise from UK buyers too. The Model S and Ford Focus Electric are both intended for UK launch later this year, while a refreshed-for-2013 Nissan LEAF has just launched.
KBB.com’s full Best Green Cars of 2013 list looks like this:
1. Nissan LEAF
2. Tesla Model S
3. Ford Focus Electric
4. Chevrolet Volt
5. Toyota Prius Plug-in
6. Ford C-Max Energi
7. Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
8. Honda Fit EV
9. Toyota Avalon Hybrid
10. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
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