10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Behind the Wheel
It may seem that the only choices for eco-friendly vehicles are fuel-efficient Smart cars, expensive futurecars, and low-horsepower hybrids, but the reality is there are a variety of zero- and low-emission vehicles, from gasoline, all-electrics and hybrids to some even more innovative and futuristic modes of transportation.
Just missing the 2017 “Greenest Cars” list, as noted in Forbes, is the Mitsubishi Mirage, clocking in at 43 mpg and costing as low as $13,500. While this arguably makes them the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid on the market, it is also true that dependence on fossil fuels increases any gasoline engine’s impact on the environment.
Hybrids make a lighter carbon footprint by combining gas and electric. At a price jump of $10,000, the Hyundai Iconiq, which Car and Driver says gets 139 horsepower and 54 mpg, was #1 on the green list, but most automakers have impressive hybrids of their own. Chevy’s rechargeable plug-in is estimated to run 238 miles/charge, compared to the Tesla Model 3 with a 215-mile range, according to Forbes.
Electric is the most popular form of zero-emission vehicle. Often dismissed as low-power, electric supercars are the answer to speed enthusiasts, and cost upwards of $150,000. The Lightning GT, yet to hit the market, promises 700 brake horsepower, goes up to 250 miles per charge, and recharges in just 10 minutes.
There are more attainable alternatives to the supercar, however. The Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric makes 177 horsepower and, priced by Car and Driver at $40,895, it is cheaper than the Tesla X by $40,000.
Other eco-friendly fuel concepts include:
That’s right, pollution. In 2007, Toyota unveiled plans for a car that runs off pollutants in the air, to be in production by 2057. There may still be 40 years to go, but if they succeed, it will be worth the wait.