Article By John Redfern

New electric cars score top marks in latest Green NCAP testing

A final batch of five cars has been assessed by the Green NCAP organisation, ahead of new test rules for 2022

The latest round of testing by Green NCAP has seen a pair of all-electric cars emerge with maximum scores.

Green NCAP tests the environmental credentials of cars in real-world scenarios, going beyond the minimum standards set by legislation.

In the latest evaluation, the electric Lexus UX300e and Nissan Leaf e+ both gained five-star accolades.

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Being pure electric vehicles, the assessors praised both the Lexus and Nissan for their obvious lack of tailpipe emissions.

This meant they gained maximum scores for ‘Clean Air Index’ and ‘Greenhouse Gases’ evaluations.

The Lexus scored 9.7 out of 10 during ‘Energy Efficiency’ testing. This considers how much energy a car consumes, with the UX300e losing one point in cold ambient conditions.

With a greater electric range, the Leaf e+ was less affected by the cold ambient test, scoring 9.9 out of 10 for Energy Efficiency. However, both cars were praised for their overall impressive results.

Plug-in hybrid models also featured in the latest round of tests. The performance Volkswagen Golf GTE scored 3.5 stars out of 5, although the assessors noted that particulate emissions could be lower.

The same issue was raised with the Renault Captur E-Tech, which also received 3.5 stars.

Next year, Green NCAP plans to add a ‘total life-cycle analysis’ test to the range of evaluations.

This will be designed to allow drivers to make more complete judgements, based on if they use renewable energy sources to charge their car, along with how each model is produced.

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