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As consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high with 15 percent of Americans likely to buy an electric vehicle as their next car, AAA is announcing its top electric, hybrid, and other efficient vehicles for 2017.
With a focus on the future, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center rates and ranks electric vehicles, hybrids, compressed natural gas-powered (CNG), diesels, and high fuel economy gasoline-powered vehicles for the annual AAA Green Car Guide. Vehicles are rated on the criteria that matter most to car buyers, including ride quality, safety, and performance.
"While the desire for green vehicles is strong, making the leap to an electric, hybrid or other fuel efficient vehicles can be daunting to car shoppers," said Megan McKernan, manager of Automotive Research Center. "AAA's rigorous evaluations help take the guesswork out by providing an unbiased evaluation of these vehicles based on more than a dozen individual criteria."
In 2017, the following vehicles earned AAA's Top Green Vehicle award:
Overall, Tesla Model X 75D; Subcompact Car, Chevy Bolt EV Premier; Compact Car, Volkswagen e-Golf SE; Midsize Car, Lexus GS 450h F Sport; Large Car, Tesla Model S 60; Pickup, Ford F150 XLT Super Crew; SUV, Tesla Model X 75D.
Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found at AAA.com/greencar.
A new AAA study reveals that consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high, indicating that 15 percent are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. The number of Americans interested in an electric vehicle approaches the number planning to purchase a pickup truck. Millennials are even more accepting of electric vehicles, with nearly one-in-five interested in going electric for their next car. With rising sales, longer ranges and lower costs, AAA predicts a strong future for electric vehicles.
Top Motivating Factors for Electric Vehicle Shoppers:
Concern for the environment
Lower long-term costs
Desire for the latest technology
Access to carpool lanes
Extended range and flexibility also make hybrid vehicles desirable to Americans, with nearly one third (32 percent) likely to buy the gasoline- and battery-powered alternative. Fuel economy remains a major purchase consideration for all U.S. drivers, with 70 percent rating it as an important factor in selecting any vehicle equal to the importance of the cost, crash rating and performance ahead of safety technology (50%), brand (48%), style, color and design (46%) and smartphone connectivity (34%).
AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 81 local offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Kentucky serving more than 2.7 million members.