Tesla S P85+
Many blue-chip companies demand that their suppliers have eco-friendly credentials, so it’s vital that private hire and chauffeur operators run demonstrably green cars. As cars continue to get cleaner, we’ve tightened the rules this year so only cars with CO2 emissions below 100g/km qualify.
Tesla’s Mark Tapscott with the Green Car of the Year Award
Our runaway winner is a new car – and brand - that could revolutionise the e-chauffeur market. The Tesla S P85+ is an all-electric car with genuinely useable range of excess of 250 miles on a single charge, and the ability to fast-charge to 80% capacity in under an hour.
It achieves this with no compromise in terms of passenger or luggage space, and it throws in supercar acceleration for good measure. With cheaper models on the way, Tesla is going to be a big feature in the chauffeur market in future.
Our runner-up is an entirely different proposition. Proving that you don’t need a hi-tech hybrid system to be green, the Skoda Octavia Greenline offers 88mpg and 85g/km of CO2, outperforming many hybrids.
In third place, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a highly advanced hybrid that combines a plug-in hybrid system with a diesel engine, as well as the sort of outstanding safety features that we’ve come to expect from Volvo.
1 - Tesla S P85+
2 - Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI
3 - Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
Roll of Honour
2013 Mercedes-Benz E30 BlueTec Hybrid
2012 Toyota Prius