There are several means of transportation available in order to travel from point A to point B. Some methods of travel are less fuel efficient than others, which can put a big strain on an individual’s carbon footprint, but not all means of travel are harmful to the environment. Depending on the distance you need to travel, some eco-friendly methods of transportation are the public bus, biking, walking or taking a scooter. But if it’s a longer distance, a car is likely the best choice to travel in.
This dependency on cars does not mean that you have to contribute to the deterioration of the environment. Luckily, car manufacturers are focusing on lessening the overall carbon footprint we leave and are creating more eco-friendly, fuel efficient cars. So what are some of the best things to look for when shopping for eco-friendly cars? Read on to find out.
The first thing to look for when you buy a new vehicle is a high fuel-efficiency rating. Not only will this save you money, but it will also mean that you burn less fuel per mile than other drivers. Therefore, you will create greenhouse gases at a reduced rate. However, even the most fuel-efficient cars in the world produce some emissions, so it is not perfect, but there is a vast degree of difference between a vehicle that gets 38 MPG and a vehicle that gets 12 MPG.
Hybrid cars utilize an electric motor that is combined with a gas motor. The electric power supplements the traditional power to allow you to get more out of every gallon of gas. For some short trips, the gas motor will barely be used at all. The Toyota Prius is one such vehicle. It may not have the power and torque that are required to pull a boat, but it is absolutely ideal for your daily commute. The C-model Prius gets 53 MPG, all while costing you under $20,000 for a brand new car.
Nissan took things a step further when it released the Leaf, which is a fully-electric vehicle without a gas motor. You have to plug it in and charge it up to use it at all. This car is a great option if you don’t need to go very far, using no fuel at all. The downside is that the distance maxes out at around 100 miles. However, you can reduce your footprint dramatically if you use the Leaf for commuting to work and you have a second car for road trips and vacations.