Swiss government: Prius is the world's greenest car
Switzerland has named Toyota's Prius the world's greenest car. Reuters reports that the Swiss government gave the Prius the highest green rating in a draft study evaluating the environmental impact of driving around 6,000 different cars, including carbon dioxide (C02) emissions which contribute to global warming:
The Swiss government said it hopes that the list—which is still in draft form and could be revised before it is finalized next year—will persuade drivers to buy cars which have the lowest impact on the environment.
The list could also be used to impose an emissions-related tax on cars.
'The goal is to modernize the fleet of cars and to make the use of natural resources as efficient as possible, so that using cars will exert less pressure on the environment,' said Adrian Aeschlimann, a spokesman for the Federal Office for the Environment.
The Prius — a hybrid car twinning battery power and a combustion engine — was launched in 1997 by Toyota, the world's biggest car maker. It is the best-selling hybrid car on the road, although hybrids account for only a fraction of global car sales.
I was surprised to read that Fiat's Punto 1.2 Bipower and the Fiat Panda 1.2 Bipower, the Daihatsu Cuore and Citroen's C3 1.4i GNV were also in the top 5 of the draft list. Environmentalists welcomed the Swiss government initiative:'It's great when a national government is behind this, and a list like that will have much more sway and can function as a guideline for the automotive industry,' said Juergen Resch at Germany's environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe.