Over the last few years we have heard about the need for cars that are less dependent on oil and, some say, more importantly less dependent on foreign oil. And I am all for that. Not the foreign oil but oil all together. We have spent several years polluting our atmosphere and environment with the toxins that come from the emissions of fossil fuels. And that really does need to end, regardless of the impact on global warming and climate change. We need to progress into an age that is more friendly to our planet and lifestyles. And purchasing vehicles that do not need to be filled with a combustible product is a good start. Here are five of my top choices for this subject.
2010 Audi A3 TDI
This car has already been named Green Car Journal‘s 2010 Green Car of the Year. The A3 TDI is approved for use for operation with B5 bio-diesel and gets a nice 42mpg; a 50% over the A3 gasoline variant. Along with it’s sleek looks and it’s manufacturers reputation the A3 TDI is something for everyone to appreciate to the cars fullest extent. Base price is $29,950.
If you’re interested in speed and agility then this is that car, but the price for this spectacular vehicle is $350,000. If you can afford that then I would suggest getting into this car and turning that engine on. Not only does this look fast but the manufacturer claims that it can get from 0 to 60 with in four seconds. If you need to drive that fast please pass me safely as I ride my 1975 Honda CB 360T; I’ve been rear ended on a different bike and lived, but at the speeds that this car can make I don’t think I would. This car is electric but it doesn’t feel like it when you drive down the road. Just listen to the engine wine as you drive down any road and look at heads turn your way.
BYD (Build Your Dreams) E6
The Chinese battery firm and electric car manufacturer has claimed that it’s car is now ready for the US market. 100% electric and has passed all safety standards to be sold here in the States. BYD is opening an LA sales office with a starting selling price of $40,000. This car is backed by Warren Buffet, the financial genius, and has big ambitions for it’s bid to get into the American market.
Nissan Leaf EV
This car is Nissan’s late comer to the green movement but being late is sometimes a fashionable thing. The manufacturer has been developing electric vehicles and advanced lithium-ion batteries since 1992. Nissan boasts the zero emissions car is perfect for the American market with it’s 100 mile range, most Americans drive less than 62 miles a day, (that’s 80% of daily commutes). With the normal cost of operating a vehicle per month in the States is about $63 the Leaf will cost a staggering $13 a month. What else do you need to know to make up your mind about the efficiency this offers?
If you’re interested in something totally different then this is the car for you. VW has been talking about this car for a few years now and it is finally delivering on it’s promise; the 200+mpg car will be available in 2010. It looks nothing like any car on the American road and it will surely be something to want if you’re into cars that cause a stir. You’ll first notice that it looks more like an enclosed tobogan than a car and the fact that the only passenger sits directly behind the driver will be another odd feature as well. I think that mostly a person with cockpit flight hours would be more comfortable with that. But if I were given the choice to buy this I would. It’s nice and it handles very well. No details were given about the price of the vehicle, but I’m sure it’ll be something that would save you money in the long run.
Are you interested in a three wheeled car? Do you want something that can get you around 300 mpg? Then you should check out the Aptera. It is unique, in beauty and efficiency. Starting at a $26,900 this is a cars enthusiasts dream come true. It has three wheels, sits two and has scissor doors; making it look even more like it’s something from the future. The lack of side view mirrors is replaced with cameras you can view from the center console monitor. It has both electric and hybrid diesel, although there isn’t a price for the fully electric version yet there is a cap for that price tag. With it’s batteries being recharged by the diesel engines when it gets low you’re going to save a lot money. Not to mention the environment will thank you.