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Green Vehicle Guide

The quickest and most reliable way to find out which are the greenest cars on the market is to take a look at the Australian Government’s Green Vehicle Guide.

The Green Vehicle guide features a ratings system based on greenhouse and air pollution emissions. Cars are given three ratings:

Greenhouse Rating
This rating takes into account the car’s contribution to the greenhouse effect and climate change through carbon dioxide emissions. Cars that produce the least emissions get 10 out of 10.

Air Pollution Rating
The Air Pollution Rating is determined by the vehicle’s carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emission levels. Again, the cars with the lowest emissions get a 10 out of 10 rating.

Overall Star Rating
The overall rating of the car is based on a 1 to 5 star system. The Greenhouse and Air Pollution Rating scores are added together to produce a Green Vehicle Guide score out of 20. Cars with a score of 16 or higher get five stars; cars with scores less than five get only one star.

Fuel Consumption Label

Another handy tool for researching green cars, the Fuel Consumption label appears on the front windscreen on all new vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes) showing you the car’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The lower the numbers are, the greener the car.


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