When you say electric vehicle, do you mean a little remote control car like when we were kids? It just doesn’t seem possible to have a vehicle run solely on electricity. When are we going to start flying to work? Back to future, here we come! Lately it seems that everyone is going green! So why not with your car? When hybrids hit the automobile market, it was the latest and greatest — interests were peaked and everyone was looking for a way to “be green!” Let’s get this straight: GAS: Uses high-energy fuel (gasoline). You’re probably driving one now. FLEX FUEL: An alternative fuel vehicle, blending gasoline with either ethanol or methanol fuel. HYBRID: Receives 40-60 miles on one gallon of gasoline. It uses more than one power source to run. ELECTRIC: An electric motor powered by rechargeable battery packs. Let’s take a look at what we can expect to see in the near future. The Nissan Leaf is the “world’s first affordable, zero-emission car.” The Leaf is a medium-size hatchback that will seat up to five adults and have a range of 100 miles. It will hit the lot later this year! The Chevy Volt is an electric car that creates its own electricity up to 40 miles(3), free of gas and emissions. After which running on a single tank of gas for hundreds of miles. It’s an affordable way to power a car, averageing a dollar a day for electricity for the average American driver. All you do is plug it in at night, just like your cell phone, and you’re ready to roll! Look for the Volt mid-year 2011. What are your thoughts on fuel vs. hybrid and electric? Are you an obsessed “go greener” or just a environmentally-cautious citizen?
What’s your carbon footprint? How much impact do you have on the environment? Whether you’re an advocate for “greener” ways or just strolling through day by day … you make a difference. According to carbonfootprint.com, “A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.” After reading several articles discussing greener cars and environmental impact, I’ve learned that studies show women are a little more conscientious about the effects of cars and the environment. For all you men out there, a study showed that women are more likely to talk to someone with a green car, rather than some high-line sports ride! Think about that, guys! So tell me, do you worry about your carbon footprint when buying a car? If you drive a hybrid or a gas-friendly vehicle then send me a photo to post on my site!