2015 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost Rated “Greenest” Truck by ACEEE
Ram EcoDiesel Not Rated Despite Highest MPG Ratings
The website greenercars.org, an outlet of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has just released its list of the “greenest” and “meanest” vehicles of 2015. To nobody’s great surprise, the top-rated vehicles were predominantly electric and hybrid models. Among trucks, the 2015 Ford F-150 with the 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 received the highest rating among “standard pickups.” Several other configurations of the F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado ranked “above average” for the class. Interestingly, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was not listed anywhere in the ratings, even though the truck currently leads in the fullsize truck category by EPA rating, with a 20 city, 28 highway rating, and the new EcoDiesel HFE model getting an even better 21/29 EPA rating.
While we’re obviously big fans of the 2015 F-150, having awarded it our 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year, we’re somewhat surprised by the Ram EcoDiesel’s omission. Likely tipping the scales in favor of the F-150 are its recyclability and an innovative program Ford has in conjunction with its aluminum suppliers to sort and recycle sheet aluminum at its stamping plant after the body panels are formed.
While diesel vehicles have come under scrutiny by many in the regulatory and environmental communities for their elevated NOx and particulate emissions, a study recently published by the Health Effects Institute showed that current diesel models employing such emissions control technologies as selective-reduction NOX catalysts (SCR), diesel particulate filters (DPF), and diesel catalysts has resulted in emissions that were substantially cleaner than previous diesels.
ACEEE claims that it looks at the total environmental impact of the vehicle over its lifecycle, including emissions, manufacturing, and type of fuel.
Source: Ford, ACEEE