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Though they tend to grab the headlines, green vehicles remain relatively scarce upon American roads. In fact, less than 6 percent of the total energy used by light-duty vehicles in the nation was used by alternative fuel vehicles, according to the Early Release Overview of the 2013 Annual Energy Outlook Report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This same report projects that this figure will jump above 13% by 2040.

This means that more than nine out of every 10 cars and light trucks you share the road with are dirty sumbitches, with some of them being much dirtier than others. Popular Mechanics, never one to shy away from grime and soot, searched the country for the dirtiest 2013 model year vehicles and identified the ten dirtiest according to their combined scores in three EPA categories combined: Combined Fuel Economy, Air Pollution Score, and Greenhouse Gas Score.

The nation’s dirtiest 2013 model year vehicles are the:

  1. The Bugatti Veyron: Miles Per Gallon: 10; Green House Gas: 1; Air Pollution: 5; Total: 16
  2. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe: Miles Per Gallon: 15; Green House Gas: 3; Air Pollution: 5; Total: 23
  3. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG: Miles Per Gallon: 15; Green House Gas: 3; Air Pollution: 5; Total: 23
  4. Chevrolet Suburban: Miles Per Gallon: 12: Green House Gas: 1: Air Pollution: 5; Total: 18
  5. Cadillac CTS-V Sedan: Miles Per Gallon: 14; Green House Gas: 2; Air Pollution: 5; Total: 21
  6. Ferrari FF: Miles Per Gallon: 13; Green House Gas: 2: Air Pollution: 5: Total: 20
  7. Maserati Quattroporte: Miles Per Gallon: 14; Green House Gas: 2; Air Pollution: 5; Total: 21
  8. Mercedes-Benz S600: Miles Per Gallon: 14; Green House Gas: 2; Air Pollution: 5; Total: 21
  9. Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon: Miles Per Gallon: 18; Green House Gas: 4; Air Pollution: 6; Total: 28
  10. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Miles Per Gallon: 14; Green House Gas: 2; Air Pollution: 5; Total: 21

As you can see, all of these – barring the Suburban – qualify as supercars or at least high-performance vehicles.  So we need to keep this in mind when leveling judgment.  After all, most supercars are not daily-drivers.  These cars may be the dirtiest of 2013 on a per-mile basis, but they accrue many fewer miles on the road than your average Corolla, Accord, or F-150.  That means the actual negative impact they have on the planet is probably pretty minimal on a per-vehicle basis.  Maybe I’m just being a supercar apologist, but that’s the way I see it.  What do you guys think?

 

About the author: Taylor

 

Taylor is the founder of AutoFoundry.com. He's a seasoned fiction and web writer who has been involved in the automotive industry for nearly a decade. He's currently restoring a 1985 BMW 325e. Email | Twitter | Google+

 

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