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Leaf and Prius stomp the Volt on greenest car list

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Chevrolet Volt didn’t rank as one of the top-ten “greenest” cars in America, coming at no. 12, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual list.

The fully electric Nissan Leaf ranked second among all 2011 model year cars on the same list. First place went to the compressed natural gas powered Honda Civic GX.

Vehicles are ranked according to a “Green Score,” factoring fuel economy and emissions, including emissions from electric power plants. The relative impact of a vehicle’s manufacture and disposal, based on the car’s weight, was also considered.

The top 12 cars include gasoline-powered cars, plug-in cars, gasoline/electric hybrids and natural gas powered vehicles. No diesel cars made the top ranks because of their relatively high emissions compared to very fuel-efficient gasoline-powered cars.

The Volt can run on electricity or gasoline. For the purposes of these rankings, the ACEEE assumed the Volt was driven on plug-in electricity 64% percent of the time and on gasoline 36% of the time. The ratio was based on a standard recommended by the Society of Automotive Engineers, an ACEEE spokeswoman said.
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