Opel CMG car selected Green Car of the Year 2017 in Finland

15.12.2017 17:17

Green Car of the Year 2017 in Finland is methane (CMG = Compressed Methane Gas) car Opel Astra Ecotec CNG. Green Car of the Year has been selected annually since 1996 in Finland. In 2017 the 22th selection was made.

 

Selection was made of 18 car models representing 11 car brands and 5 car segments (A, B, C, D and M) by Technology for Life (sustainable development association of engineers and scientists). All are M1 vehicles according to the EU vehicle classification and have been available during 2017 in the Finnish market imported by official brand representatives. Car models were eligible candidates in the selection process by fulfilling the following environmental requirements:

  1. Primary energy: must be able to operate on 100 % renewable energy based secondary energy form available in public stations in Finland.

  2. Primary energy: must be able to use solar or wind energy based secondary energy form, which is available in public stations in EU and/or Nordic countries.

  3. Secondary energy: must be able to use clean secondary energy forms, i.e. electricity, hydrogen or methane (as defined by the EU Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure) in pure (100 %) form.

  4. Crude oil independency: must be crude oil independent, i.e. able to drive without crude oil based fuels (but may, in addition, have ability to use crude oil based fuels).

  5. Total operating range: must be over 200 km.

  6. Operating range of clean energy must be more than the operating range of crude oil based fuels. Exception: the first SEV car introduced in the Finnish market in 2017 was accepted as a candidate despite not fulfilling this requirement.

 

As a result of these environmental requirements, all candidates

  • are alternative fuel cars with ability to 100 % use of alternative secondary energy forms,
  • are able to use 100 % renewable electricity or methane in pure form,
  • are able to reach CO2 emission level 0 gCO2/km, and
  • are able to reach lifecycle greenhouse gas emission level 0 gCO2eq/km.

 

The 18 candidates represent 4 different technologies:

AFV type Technology Description Car models
PEV BEV (electricity) electric car 5
PHEV (electricity/gasoline) gasoline-plug-in-hybrid car 1
PH-SEV (solar/electricity/gasoline) PHEV car combined with solar electric propulsion 1
MGV Bifuel (CMG/gasoline) methane car (bifuel) 11

 

Candidates were:

Car brand and model

Car segment

Technology

Notes

Audi A4 g-tron

D

MGV

Best in segment D

BMW i3

B

BEV

 

BMW i3 REX

B

PHEV

 

Hyundai IONIQ electric

C

BEV

 

MB B200 NGD

M

MGV

 

Nissan Leaf 2.Zero

C

BEV

Earlier version was Green Car of the Year 2014

Opel Astra Ecotec CNG

C

MGV

Best in segment C
Green Car of the Year 2017

Opel Astra Sports Tourer Ecotec CNG

C

MGV

 

Opel Combo CNG

M

MGV

 

Opel Zafira Ecotec CNG

M

MGV

 

Renault Zoe Z.E.

B

BEV

Best in segment B

Seat Mii Ecofuel

A

MGV

Best in segment A, best economics
Green Car of the Year 2015

Skoda Citigo G-Tec

A

MGV

 

Toyota Prius PHEV Solar

C

PH-SEV

Non-SEV version was Green Car of the Year 2013

VW Caddy TGI

M

MGV

 

VW Caddy Maxi TGI

M

MGV

Best in segment M, best practicality
Green Car of the Year 2016

VW e-Golf

C

BEV

 

VW eco up!

A

MGV

 

 

Candidates were evaluated using metrics developed for this purpose. Points were given for merits in economics (best car Seat Mii Ecofuel) and practicality (best car VW Caddy Maxi TGI) resulting in Opel Astra Ecotec CNG as the best car overall.

 

 

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