With rising concerns on the use of plastic and the burning of fossil fuels resulting in climate change, many drivers across the globe are investing in environmentally friendly cars. Back in the late 1990s, Toyota released the first mass-produced hybrid car, the Toyota Prius. Since then, almost every big-name car manufacturer has one line of hybrid or electric cars to choose from. As technology continues to develop, new innovations are being made to make electric and hybrid cars the norm. If you want to take action and make our world a little greener, take a look at four of the greenest cars available today.
1. 2019 Toyota Prius
Being the first mass-produced hybrid car, it’s only right to keep the Toyota Prius on our list. The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime continues to make driving greener with a 640-mile total range with 54 miles per gallon. With high fuel efficiency and tax incentives, getting into this car is cheaper than ever. You can even get available electronic all-wheel-drive with 50 miles per gallon—the highest mpg of any vehicle that has electronic AWD. Other specs include:
– Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
– Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) Pre-Collision System
– Backup Camera Display
– Engine immobilizer
– 1.8-Liter, 4-cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
If you want to make your car even greener, you can take some matters in your own hands. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment as under-inflated tires make your engine work harder and burn more fuel. You should also remove any unnecessary weight, such as heavy luggage, as more weight also requires your engine to work harder. Finally, schedule regular maintenance tune-ups with oil changes, which is around once every twelve months for most Prius models.
2. Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV
If you’re looking for a luxury hybrid car that blends performance with innovative green technology, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV is the way to go. This Mercedes can not only rush from 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds, but it can also return to 56 miles per gallon. With its EQ Power gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain and 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine, this GLC is a force to be reckoned with.
Before taking the plunge and investing in a car like this, you can always schedule a test drive at a Mercedes dealership near Houston or a dealership near Bangor, to see if this is the green car for you. No matter where you live, see why these features are worth investing in:
– Mercedes in-car WiFi
– Active Distance Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist
– Smartphone integration
– Active LED headlamps
– Active Parking Assist
– COMAND navigation with 8.4-inch screen
Having a luxury car doesn’t mean you can’t be environmentally conscious. Mercedes-Benz and other luxury car brand manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and creating cars with intuitive technology to make our world a little bit greener.
3. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
With a clean aerodynamic shape and advanced technology, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is another top contender for the greenest car this year. With 58 MPG combined, and 57 city and 59 highway MPG, you can certainly go the distance in this sleek hybrid. Or, you can opt for the Ioniq electric, so you never have to stop for gas again. And, the Ionic plug-in hybrid blends the best of both worlds with a mile range up to 630 miles with EV/gas combined. Take a look at what else the Hyundai Ioniq has up its sleeve:
– Available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
– Available Lane Keep Assist
– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
– Wireless device charging
– Proximity key
– Available Integrated Memory System
Dubbed as the most fuel-efficient car in America, the Hyundai Ioniq has made a name for itself in the world of environmentally friendly vehicles. Not only does this car save the planet, but it also saves you money with less spent on gas.
4. BMW i3
Another luxury brand that’s making waves in the eco-friendly car industry. Electrify inspiration in this fashionable sedan anywhere you go with its 153-mile range. Running only on electricity, the BMW i3 can get you from the border of Mexico up to LA without paying a cent on gas (even with traffic!). This revolutionary BMW can fully charge in under 6 hours so you can get from point A to point B in no time. Here’s what else this green sedan offers:
– Eucalyptus wood and olive leaf tanned leather are some natural interior design options
– Easy to charge at home or at public stations
– Receive federal and state tax incentives
– Automatic climate control
– Comfort Access keyless entry
– On-board computer with Check Control
– Bluetooth wireless technology
With over 58,000 charging stations nationwide, be prepared to see more of these BMW i3 sedans driving around town. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’ll never run out of power with convenient charging stations nearby, anywhere you go.
2019 has been the year of change, and it’s not over yet. With both standard car manufacturers and luxury car brands tapping into the eco-friendly car market, you can expect to see a difference on our planet in years to come. These four green cars only tap the surface of the dozens of car brands and models who make eco-friendly cars. When looking for one of your own, find one that matches your lifestyle and personality, and we thank you for being conscious about keeping our world clean.
Ford Motor is playing a major role in promoting environmentally friendly auto parts, and one way they’re doing that is by using recycled plastic bottles for underbody shields on all cars and SUVs, and wheel liners on F-Series trucks – up to 250 bottles per vehicle. Recycled bottles are used to manufacture parts that can help improve vehicle aerodynamics and reduce cabin noise. In the past decade, aerodynamics has driven the need for underbody shields, and the use of plastics in vehicle parts is used globally, and has grown exponentially – Ford uses about 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles per year – about 250 bottles per vehicle on average.
When plastic bottles are thrown into a recycling bin, they are collected with thousands of others, and shredded into small pieces. That’s typically sold to suppliers who turn it into a fiber, by melting the bottle and extruding it. Those fibers are mixed together with other various types of fiber in a textile process and used to make a sheet of material – which is formed into the automotive parts. Due to its light weight, recycled plastic is ideal for the manufacture of underbody shields, engine under shield and front and rear wheel arch liners that can help improve vehicle aerodynamics. These shields also help create a significantly quieter environment on the all-new 2020 Ford Escape.
Environmentally, using recycled plastics on vehicle parts helps reduce the amount of plastic that can end up in dangerous situations, such as the Pacific gyre, for example – a floating mass of plastic bigger than the size of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean.
Spain will be one of the first countries in the world to have public streetlights that are powered by wind and the sun. It took four years for the Spanish researcher Ramon Bargalló to design this independent street light system for the company Eolgreen. The street light will be 10 metre in height and will be fitted with wind turbine and a solar panel. A wind velocity as low as 2.5 m/s will be required for the wind turbine to work. The turbine will do 10 and 200 rotations per minute; its maximum output will be 400 watts. The streetlights also have batteries and a smart electronic control system which can manage the flow of energy between the solar panel, the battery, the wind turbine and the light. Researchers are designing a second prototype which will have a better turbine speed, wattage output and lesser energy wastage.
Tired of that conventional digital camera that you’ve been using all along? Well, you can now satisfy your shutterbug-needs in a greener and more energy efficient way! Termed as the world’s first camera with a retro-shooting ability, the Sun and Cloud Self-Generating Digital Camera sports a solar panel and a hand crank, both of which can be used to power up this cheerful little device.
We’ve been following the journey of the awe-inspiring Solar Impulse HB-SIA plane since quite a while now. Termed as the world’s cleanest and greenest aircraft, this one is powered up by solar energy and does no harm to the environment as it flies through the skies above. The Solar Impulse uses batteries to store the electricity collected by the solar panels on its wings. The energy stored is then used to power up the plane’s engines.
Planning to get around in a green way and lug around a load of stuff with you? Well, give the gas-gulping cars a skip and hope aboard the TruckIt! Now this vehicle is bound to draw a lot of stares, particularly if you wind up on a busy urban street in it. Resembling a rickshaw, the TruckIt is in essence a recumbent-bicycle with an electric motor and is amazingly inexpensive!
Smart has just pulled the veil off its new eco-friendly and environmentally sound ForTwo electric. Sticking to the compact-car design Smart usually incorporates in its ForTwo range; this electric version of the much-acclaimed car comes with a 55kW electric motor and is capable of touching 60km/h in 4.8 seconds, seemingly slow though appreciable for city driving. With a maximum speed of 125 km/h, the car comes with a 17.6 kWh battery and sports a range of 145 kilometers in city traffic. With emissions kept at bay, the Smart ForTwo Electric will hit more than 30 countries around the globe and is expected to catch on with like-minded environment-loving folk who look for greener ways to drive.
The bestselling Volkswagen Golf will soon show up in an all-electric avatar, with VW confirming the same. The compact electric hatchback will show up in the United States towards the end of next year and will be tagged as a 2014 model. This will be the first plug-in vehicle sold in the US by Volkswagen and will be based on the 2013 VW Golf that will show up at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Also, the car might show up rechristened with the name Volkswagen Golf Blue E-motion.
Living on a boat now gets better with the Bauhaus, a one-of-a-kind exceptionally green vessel with its insides scooped out to make way for a full-fledged home! Dutch by birth, this barge now rests at London and is completely solar-powered, using a 1.7kw PV system and an electric motor. The energy generated off the sun alone is capable of powering up this entire floating home, if you know your living-green basics that is. Also, when unused for sailing purposes, the energy generated can be used to power up electric gadgets or to cook. Also, the Bauhaus steers clear away from gas onboard, simply meaning that you need to rely on the bountiful sun to cook up a decent meal. Living in one of these in a particularly rainy country however wouldn’t do you, or the Bauhaus for that matter, too much good!