Is Tesla the greenest car company?



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    In 2007, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) endorsed Honda as the “greenest automaker” in America. The title was handed down after all major automaker fleets were scored based on average per-mile emissions of smog and global warming pollution. As UCS puts it, “Honda has the best smog performance in four out of the five classes of vehicle it produces, and better-than-average global warming scores in every class.” In addition to the endorsement from the UCS, Honda has one inarguable fact going for it – the automaker boasts the highest average fleet mileage of any major auto manufacturer in the United States for 2010.

    When it comes to greenest car company of 2010, Toyota begs to differ with the UCS. As rebuttal, Toyota bigwigs can point to two different UK studies. The first, conducted by Business Car magazine factored in numerous environmentally friendly attributes and achievements to name Toyota the greenest car company. The fact that the study incorporated sales volume of green vehicles into the equation almost certainly worked in Toyota’s favor – the Toyota Prius is by far the best-selling hybrid of all time (and also has the best fuel mileage of any vehicle for 2010 – 50 mpg combined). UK Auto Trader agrees with Business Car magazine. In a survey of 2,000 UK motorists, Toyota came out at the top of the heap in terms of environmental friendliness.

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