Every year the greenercars.org website publishes the cleanest cars based on a factory-to-junkyard analysis. The website is a publication of the American Council for an Enrrgy-Efficient Economy which has, since 1980, lobbied governments to advance energy efficiency.
Honda did quite well with 3 of its cars in the top ten (two hybrids and one natural gas). Toyota has two cars in the top ten (both Priuses). I went through the entire list and picked-out some of the more-interesting cars. The ones that surprised me I put in bold:
100 maximum score 59 SmartForTwo EV 58 Spark EV 57 Prius City
"I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now," Uchiyamada-san told Automotive News. Uchiyamada is the man behind the original Prius, which gives him some degree of authority on making predictions about hybrid adoption.
What's remarkable, though, is that the 20-percent figure doesn't include...
Some of us have known for years that an electric motor can cure the weaknesses of internal combustion engines . . . weak, low-speed torque. Motor have instant, low-speed torque and don't have the spin-up delays needed to get significant power from an engine. Then two car companies finally made performance hybrids and: