Hydrogen Hyundai included, but not a Tesla: Green NCAP rated 49 “popular” models

The most environmentally friendly cars in Europe are the Hyundai Kona and the Renault Zoe, followed by the VW ID.3 as another battery-only electric car and then by the Hyundai Nexo with its fuel cell drive. This emerges from a list by the ADAC of tests by the organization Green NCAP, which, according to its own information, is committed to promoting environmentally friendly cars. That is why the organization has been testing real consumption since the beginning of 2019 and awarding eco-stars for it. However, an electric car from the global market leader Tesla has never been among them.

“Most popular” vehicles without Tesla

Green NCAP is a sub-organization of Euro NCAP, the crash test program for Europe sponsored by transport ministries and car clubs, in which Tesla is also considered and does very well. With different electrical technologies up to purely electric cars, manufacturers today would try to reduce their CO2 emissions, says the Green self-description. All variants could not be tested because of the great variety, which is why one has to limit oneself to the “most popular vehicle types”.

In the pilot test round of February 2019, two electric cars, the Hyundai Ioniq and the BMW i3, were included, each with the top rating of 5 stars. The Tesla Model 3 was only launched on the European market at the time, so perhaps for this reason it was not considered. But even in the further tests by Green NCAP of a total of 49 vehicles so far, neither a Model 3 nor another Tesla was added. The Model 3 was the best-selling electric car in Europe in several months of 2019 and 2020 and was in second place behind Renault Zoe for 2020 as a whole.

The popular Renault electric car was reviewed by Green NCAP in November 2020, along with the Hyundai Kona, with which it is now at the top of the star list compiled by ADAC. But there is still no trace of Tesla in the list.

VW ID.3 devalued because of the cold

Instead, in the latest round this February, the organization looked at the VW ID.3, which was still well behind the Model 3 in Europe sales in 2020. As the only one of the three regularly tested pure battery cars, it did not get the full 10 points for energy consumption because of its moderate performance in the cold, but only 9.6 points. Overall, the electric VW still achieved five stars. And also the rather exotic hydrogen vehicle Hyundai Nexo (German new registrations last year 212 units compared to a good 15,000 for the Tesla Model 3) Green NCAP examined in February and gave it 5 stars. In terms of energy efficiency, however, the fuel cell Hyundai was rated lower than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.

Update: A reader of asked Green NCAP why the Tesla Model 3, popular in Germany and Austria, for example, has not yet been rated. The vehicles were selected at the end of 2019, the answer said. For the reader it is “not entirely understandable because at that time the Model 3, unlike the VW ID.3, already existed in Europe. In the new year, they will test as large a selection of cars as possible and are in talks with several manufacturers including Tesla, Green NCAP announced.


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