Green Living: Learn How To Choose The Best Eco-Friendly Car For You!

More people are getting concerned about the impact their cars have on the environment. It’s no secret that the internal combustion engine pollutes the atmosphere with carbon emissions. Of course, the only way we can do something about the problem is by changing our car buying habits.

If you’re thinking of buying a car soon, you are doubtless wondering what kind of eco-friendly vehicle you should get. For those of you that are undecided, today’s handy guide will serve as a tool to help you accomplish this task. Here is what you need to know:800px-Electric_car_charging_Amsterdam

Size

In the car world, size matters. But why? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First, the bigger the vehicle you get, the more you will have to pay for it. And, second, if you live in a crowded urban area, you might find it hard to park a large vehicle like an SUV, for example.

That’s why it’s important you think about the size of car you get. As you can see from the photo above, small cars like the Smart Fortwo are super easy to park! But, if you live in the suburbs and parking space availability isn’t an issue, you might want to consider a larger model.

Power

Another important consider is the tech that powers your next vehicle. The most common sources of energy for cars are as follows:

  • Fossil fuels – petrol, diesel;
  • Electricity; and
  • Gas – hydrogen.

You might not think it, but today’s petrol and diesel engines are more efficient than their predecessors. According to Mike from Carbase, the Ford EcoBoost units are efficient and green thanks to their unique design. Even “beefy” cars like BMWs have eco-friendly power plants, thanks to their TwinPower units.

But if you want to go for a true zero emissions solution, electric and gas-powered vehicles are the way forward. With an electric vehicle, you can recharge the batteries by “plugging in” your car to an electrical outlet.

Hydrogen fuel cell cars get filled up in much the same way as a petrol or diesel car, and so there is no need for plugging your car in anywhere. The only issue with hydrogen gas vehicles is the infrastructure is still in its infancy for them. And there’s also the high cost of buying the cars in the first place.

Still, car manufacturers are making inroads with hydrogen gas cars. Toyota, for example, is helping to build the infrastructure in its native Japan. And many car makers are working on ways to cut the cost of buying such models.

Maintenance Costs

One of the major selling points of eco-friendly cars is their ongoing low costs. For instance, if you buy an electric car, you don’t have to worry about big servicing costs; that’s because you don’t have an engine! In fact, the only costs you have to bear are usually for “consumables” like brake discs and pads.

You should also determine what the tax and insurance costs are for your next green car. Although, in general, they are quite low for eco-friendly vehicles.

Good luck with your green vehicle search!

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