For all those who are sensitive to our environment and who want to do all they can to prevent wasted resources and keep our planet pollution free, there are more eco-friendly cars on the market than ever before. Top of the list in amenities and environmental friendliness is the Lexus RX 400h. On the lower priced end of the scale for those who want to be eco-conscious, but are on a budget is the Chevrolet Cobalt. No matter what your bank account will allow you to buy, there is an eco-friendly vehicle for you.
These cars are equipped to run on electricity, or a combination of hydrogen-based fuel and electricity. Both of these configurations lower the cost of energy needed to own a car, and, more importantly lower the owner’s carbon footprint. Since these vehicles are being improved upon and tested and perfected every year, the design and infrastructure of the cars continues to improve dramatically, the maintenance of the cars is minimizing, and the overall quality of the cars keeps getting better and better. Here are some other benefits that come with these cars of the future:
The cost per mile is averaging about $.08.
There is a potential tax break that is given for driving a green car which can reach up to $3,000 back from the federal government.
Many of the automobile companies are including the interiors when using recyclable materials, which, of course, means increased sustainability.
Many drivers are making the choice to be proactive about creating a pollution and waste-free world. This just might inspire others to do the same.
On the flip side, many drivers are wondering what to do with their years-old vehicle that has been an eye-sore in their yard. Some others are ready to trade in their old fuel inefficient automobile for one of these eco-cars. Still others don’t want to see their old heap of iron and steel be thrown in a landfill, further polluting and trashing our towns and cities.
There is a solution for that, as well. For those with older cars that would not make a good trade-in option, there are now companies that will buy your clunker from you. They give you a quote on the amount they are willing to pay, and then come to your home within 24 hours to pick up the car. They pay you in cash and either restore the vehicle and resell it, or recycle the parts that can be reused. Often, they use the car as a supplier of parts to mechanics.
All in all, the option to have an eco-friendly car is important to our environment. More and more manufacturers are producing automobiles that are good for the planet, good for the wallets of American drivers, and good for the economy. The fact that emissions are being lowered is another powerful plus for these cars.
So, even if being green and saving the planet is not something you think about all the time, you can still jump on the bandwagon for environmentally friendly vehicles because everyone should be aware that the price of gasoline is probably only going to continue to rise. Luckily, the price of these hybrids and electric cars is quite competitive. As they continue to become more and more popular, the price will become even more affordable.
Actually, what it comes down to is that we have to find as many ways as possible to keep our environment healthy. “Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.” Bill Bradley
John is actively involved in the automotive industry. When he's not blogging about cars he is working at Interstate Auto Buyers where he personally helps dispose of cars polluting the environment.