Prius is Green

WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2009 Awarded to ‘next generation’ Toyota Prius

From a short-list of ten cars driven by green experts at Imperial College, London the 2009 Prius was given a score of 33, with 0 being most green and 100 being most polluting.

Other cars on the short-list are fully electric, such as the Citroen C1 ev’ie electric and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric. Despite these being more economical the judges were impressed by the Prius’ cradle-to-grave environmental credentials, particularly the way green features are seamlessly integrated into the design. For the first time plant-based bio plastics are used in the car and a solar roof keeps temperature comfortable inside the car.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The new Prius, oddly enough, uses a 1.8-litre engine as opposed to the 1.5-litre from the older model, although, overall fuel economy is improved to 72.4mpg. There is also the choice of driving in EV mode, which allows the Prius to be driven solely on battery charge for as long as it will last.

The judges also commended the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic as the greenest super mini, the Honda Insight hybrid, which was just pipped by the Prius and the BMW 318d+ DPF because of the low price and high performance.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/best-cars/15095/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps10000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £10,000 – evo garage

The evo team picks their favourite used performance cars
1 Jul 2020
Visit/audi/audi-e-tron/202840/new-496bhp-audi-e-tron-s-revealed-audis-first-high-performance-ev
Audi e-tron

New 496bhp Audi e-tron S revealed – Audi’s first high-performance EV

The Audi e-tron S has picked up an extra electric motor for a total of three in new EV flagship
1 Jul 2020
Visit/bmw/m3-saloon/20529/2020-bmw-m3-tech-specs-revealed-choice-is-the-word-for-bmws-sports-saloon
BMW M3 saloon

2020 BMW M3 tech specs revealed – choice is the word for BMW’s sports saloon

BMW’s next M3 to be available in manual or auto; with and without all-wheel drive
1 Jul 2020
Visit/lamborghini/202829/tecnomar-launches-4000hp-v12-lamborghini-yacht
Lamborghini

Tecnomar launches 4000hp V12 Lamborghini yacht

The V12-powered yacht is Tecnomar’s most capable offering yet, and takes inspiration from Lamborghini’s most recent models
30 Jun 2020