World Environment Day: Top 5 cars that made the world greener
The world is moving towards greener vehicles to lessen the impact of the global warming, increasing pollution levels, and also to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. But there have been a few vehicles that have made a small but valuable contribution to lessen the impact on the environment. Here we tell you the five most important cars that are still one of the most popular and, above all, greener vehicles around the world.
Tesla is a known name in the automotive industry and only retails electric vehicles (EVs). It is believed that the brand sells more EVs than any other carmaker around the world. When it comes to its best-selling offerings, impressive acceleration and range, unique and minimalist design, and a lot of tech, are the key points of the likes of the Model 3 and Model Y. Notably, Tesla, with its EV-only line-up has created a big impact on the environment. Since its existence in 2008, it has sold over a whopping 40 lakh vehicles to date and the last calender year was record-breaking for the brand as it sold over 13 lakh units. While Tesla Model 3 was named the best-selling premium saloon in 2021, the Tesla Model Y was the highest-selling car in the first quarter of this year.
Toyota Prius Hybrid
Arguably, the Toyota Prius is the most successful hybrid vehicle so far. Introduced in October 1997, the Prius is still being sold in its new generation avatar. It became an instant hit thanks to the excellent fuel economy, reliability, appearance, and practicality. It was also affordable when launched, despite the expensive hybrid technology. Not to mention, it has been environmentally friendly since its launch. The Prius is still a popular choice around the world. In fact, it is available in about 90 countries.
The Camry is another special mention from the Toyota line-up after the well-liked Prius. The first-ever Camry Hybrid was showcased in 2006. Along with its key highlight of being a greener model, the Camry Hybrid has been an affordable and fuel efficient hybrid car compared to its competition. It is to be noted that this hybrid premium sedan is one of the top-selling models in the world. In fact, unlike the Prius or Tesla, the Carmy Hybrid is also on sale in India.
All-electric Volkswagen ID.4
The ID.4 EV is quite popular around the world, especially in Europe and even in the US. Not only it has been a successful model for the brand but is also one of the highest-selling EVs. In fact, the ID.4 was one of the top 5 best-selling cars in Europe last year. The EV is also in demand in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US, and Canada. VW ID range comprises all-electric cars available as a greener alternative to the ICE models. The crossover EV that shares its platform with VW ID.3 offers a claimed range of 525km.
In terms of the Indian EV market, the Tata Nexon EV emerges as the front runner in the race of the highest-selling EVs. The electric SUV given its valuable contribution to reduce carbon footprint in India. In late 2022, Tata rolled out 50,000th Nexon EV from its plant. The Nexon EV is available in two versions: Nexon EV Prime and Nexon EV Max. The range-topping version offers a claimed driving range of 453km on a single charge. Along with the Nexon EV, Tata also offers Tigor EV and Tiago EV. Interestingly, not only Tata sells its EVs in the country but also exports them.
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