Eco-Friendly Cars- You Might Be Surprised

Are you in the market for a new car? Even if you’re not, we thought you might enjoy some simple information about the several lines of eco-friendly cars that will be hitting a showroom near you. Driving one of these eco-friendly cars is one of the easiest ways for you to reduce your carbon footprint.

Here is some basic information along with a list of some of the most popular eco cars coming your way.

Hybrid is defined as using both a gasoline engine and electric motor to power the car, switching back and forth as necessary. A plug-in hybrid is similar, but comes with a larger battery that allows the vehicle to travel solely on electric power for short hops, but not for long stretches. An extended-range electric vehicle, like the Volt, can go up to 40 or so miles on electricity, after which a small gasoline motor kicks in to recharge the battery and keep driving.

Some of the most popular eco-friendly cars:

2010 Chevrolet Volt 230– This eco-friendly car is supposed to get a fuel economy of 230 miles per gallon in the city. The electric engines in this 2010 eco-friendly car can go up to 40 miles without a charge. The Chevy Volt 230 is perfect for those who like to have the most cutting-edge technology. The price tag exceeds $40,000 making it one of the more expensive eco-friendly vehicle options.

Toyota Prius –  One of the most eco-friendly cars for 2010. This vehicle will provide  51/48 fuel economy, making it best in class. The base model starts at $22,000 making the Prius an affordable option for those who wish to live a green lifestyle. Certain models also feature solar powered ventilation systems, which also increases the eco-friendly profile of this vehicle.

The 2010 Honda Insight – This green vehicle boasts a 40/43 fuel economy and base price starts at under $20,000. Those who want the dependability of a Honda and want an economical green vehicle, this is for you.

The 2010 Ford Fusion -It has a fuel economy of 41 mpg in the city. It is also one of the few American made hybrid vehicles. Starting at $27,270

Lexus HS – For those who crave a little luxury in their green living. Starting at $34,200 this small luxury sedan boasts a 35 mpg fuel economy. It is the most fuel-efficient luxury.

Mercury Milan Hybrid 2010- Choose from two gas-electric engine options: a 2.5-liter in-line four and a sportier 3.0-liter V6. This eco-friendly vehicle can go up to 47 mph in electric mode, which is the fastest speed any hybrid car currently on the market can go on electric mode. Starting at $31,235 the Mercury Milan is defiantly an eco-friendly car to consider if you are in the market for a new green vehicle.

Ford Escape Hybrid – Do you need a little room for the family?  Boasting a fuel economy of 34 mpg in the city, the Ford Escape Hybrid outperforms its competitors in function and fuel economy. Starting at $31,500 this hybrid SUV is surprisingly affordable.

In the past, it’s been hard to find eco-friendly cars. Times are changing! Now most popular car models are offered with hybrid technology. You will find a wide variety to choose from. Whether it’s cost, fuel economy, or simply personal tastes your looking for, there seems to be something for everyone.

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