Two years after President Obama took the Chevrolet Volt for a test drive, the electric car can't crack the list of the top 12 green cars of 2012, according to a recent report from a green energy group.
"Earning a spot on the 'Greenest' list is proving to be a real challenge for automakers given the variety of vehicle technologies on the market and the proliferation of highly efficient conventional vehicles," said Shruti Vaidyanathan, lead vehicle analyst for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which released the report in conjunction with greenercars.org, in February 7 statement.
Apparently, making the greenest list was too great a challenge for the Volt. ACEEE's list is headlined by the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, an electric car, and the Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle -- but the Volt is not numbered among the 12 greenest cars this year.
President Obama has proposed offering a $10,000 tax credit -- up from $7,500 -- to purchasers of the electric cars such as the Volt. The federal government has also provided approximately $3 billion in subsidies to the Volt, or $250,000 per vehicle, according to a report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
(H/T Maggie Thurber)