With spring in full swing, we can’t help but think about those April showers and the soon-to-follow May flowers. And with last week’s St. Patrick’s Day and spring cleaning festivities, everything seems to be coming up green and clean. So, we thought it seemed fitting to see what’s going on in the world of green cars and eco-friendly transportation. Feel free to fill up – or charge up – as we hit the road to unearth some of the newest advancements in eco-efficient cars.
To fully understand what we’re looking for, we have to understand why we’re after it. Bottom line: pollution from cars and trucks pose a major threat to our climate and our health. And it’s our responsibility to help create solutions for these problems, and do our part as everyday drivers to better the situation. That’s where companies like the NRDC are making huge advancements. They work with automakers and government leaders to not only make cars go farther on a tank of gas, but also to take them off gas entirely. Thus, making us as an environment go much further. Initiatives like pushing for biofuels with sustainable growth, protect our sensitive landscapes and lower carbon pollution. And as far as everyday commuters, little things like taking the bus or carpooling with coworkers can go miles for our efforts.
Nowadays, it seems like every manufacturer is coming out with some kind of “environmentally friendly” vehicle, and they should be. Because that’s where the market and the earth are headed. But fuel efficiency is often cited as being the only ingredient in a car’s green score. And while that’s important, it’s not the only factor. One of the big factors that is often overlooked is CO2 emissions. For example, an electric car doesn’t emit CO2 when on the road, but it certainly produces CO2 when it’s recharging its batteries. That’s why cars like the Nissan LEAF, while not known for their long-distance endeavors, are actually one of the best options with the lowest CO2 emissions. And at just under $30,000, it also puts plenty of green back in your wallet.
Another car that seems to be on the top of everyone’s mind is the Chevy Bolt. And seeing as it grabbed the 2017 Green Car of the Year award and The Motor Trend Car of the Year award, we can’t say that we’re too shocked. Like the LEAF, the Bolt prices out at $30,000 (after tax breaks), but offers nearly twice the miles in a single charge. Since modern electric vehicles were first introduced in the 1990s, the biggest challenges have always been distance and affordability. And the Bolt checked both of those boxes with ease. Not to mention, it’s easy on the eyes and goes 0-60 in less than seven seconds.
If you’re looking to get into the eco-friendly scene, but electricity doesn’t really spark your interests, there’s still a potential gas option available: hydrogen. Advancements in electric vehicles (or EVs) have started using a fuel cell to power an electric motor, which combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. These vehicles would “refuel” similarly to conventional cars with a comparable range of distance. The wheels of change are already in motion as manufacturers plan to focus on hydrogen fuel cell cars for release in 2018.
Whatever cars are coming our way, they have the “all green” from us. We’re excited for these new advancements to help the environment and change the landscape for car manufacturing as a whole. As always, we look forward to any opportunity to grow our automotive world, while doing our part to protect our environmental world.