According to the current Green NCAP procedure, 49 models with different drive types and body styles were tested. In the overall result, the first three places went to all-electric models - the Hyundai Kona Elektro, Renault Zoe and VW ID.3.
To begin with, the background: Green NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) is an initiative of Euro NCAP, which is primarily known for its crash tests. Since 2019, Green NCAP has been assessing the environmental friendliness of passenger cars according to uniform standards. The aim is to be able to compare different drive technologies in terms of pollutant emissions, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. From Germany, ADAC is active in both initiatives and, according to its own information, contributes the experience gained from the ADAC EcoTest.
According to the ADAC, the selection of the test vehicles took into account sales figures, popularity and intended use in order to achieve the greatest possible European market coverage. However, the greatest possible market coverage also means that the results of special use cases for individual customers are not directly transferable. The overall results are rated in the NCAP-typical ratings from one to five stars.
A total of four models received top marks, with the Hyundai Kona electric with 39 kWh battery, the Renault Zoe R110 Z.E. with 52 kWh, the VW ID.3 with 58 kWh and the Hyundai Nexo fuel cell SUV all receiving five stars. The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid as a PHEV (the only car to receive four stars) follows in fifth place, with all subsequent models, including the Toyota Yaris, the first petrol hybrid, and the Skoda Octavia Combi, the first diesel, receiving only 3.5 stars or less.