In the market for a new car and trying to choose the most environmentally friendly option? Take a look at the CarbonCounter app as part of your pre-buying research.
Developed at MIT, the CarbonCounter app is an easy-to-use tool that takes the 125 most popular vehicles in the US and plots them on a chart that measures both carbon emissions and cost of ownership.
The app takes into consideration not only the fuel efficiency of the vehicle in question, but also the carbon cost of creating the vehicle. If the vehicle is hybrid or electric, the app also factors in the carbon cost of the electricity in various regions.
The results are pretty interesting; most electric vehicles have much lower emissions but vary widely in cost of ownership and some gasoline and diesel powered vehicles rate better on overall emissions than some hybrids.
Check out this video about the project to see how the app works:
Does your car appear on the CarbonCounter app? How does it measure up? Let us know in the comments!
- Rose R.