Despite the hype, becomig a “green” vehicle owner does not require shelling out thousands of dollars for a new hybrid or plug-in electric car. Sure, these green cars offer better gas mileage than regular cars, and they may even save you money over the long haul, but they don’t have a monopoly on “green.” You can achieve notable, environmentally-friendly results by making some simple changes to the way you drive.
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Recycling, energy conservation and preserving the environment are just some of the many ways you can live a green lifestyle. Extending that lifestyle to the car you drive is a no-brainer, especially when there are plenty of vehicles on the mainstream consumer market with proven green bonafides. Most of the vehicles on this list are relatively affordable save for the Tesla Roadster. Teing green might not be easy, but choosing your next green ride should be. Read the rest of this entry »
Creating a car that is earth friendly is just about as difficult as rating its “greenness.” Here’s a breakdown of two common ratings you’ll find when reviewing green cars. Now they just need to rate trailers for sale on their greenness.
I just spend some days in Trondheim in Norway combining work and a wedding party. I was exited to see the huge numbers of electric cars and hybrid taxis there compared to Denmark. Norway produces an electric car, Think, and the tax system works in favour of hybrid cars and electric cars. Another thing that might explain the difference is the high price of gas and diesel of Norway, it is simply reasonable from an economic perspective to drive environment green cars in Norway. Read the rest of this entry »
Google.org – the philanthropic arm of Google – yesterday lauched an exciting project that offers a glimpse of a smarter energy future: cars that plug into an electric grid powered by solar energy. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can quadruple the fuel economy of the average car on the road today. As Google.org demonstrated at yesterday’s event, plug-in hybrids can sell power back to the electric grid when it’s needed most through vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology
Google.org’s core missions is to address climate change. In the U.S., transportation contributes about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions –- with more than 60 percent of those emissions coming from personal vehicles. By accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrids and vehicle-to-grid (“V2G”) technologies, this new project, RechargeIT.org, aims to reduce emissions and dependence on oil while promoting clean energy technologies and increasing consumer choice. Linking the U.S. transportation system to the electricity grid maximizes the efficiency of our energy system. From these efforts, we believe the environment will benefit – and consumers will have more choices to fuel their cars.
We’ve been working with Google engineers and Hymotion/A123Systems to build a small fleet of plug-in hybrids, adding an external plug and additional batteries to a regular hybrid car so that it runs on electricity with gasoline (or even better, biofuels) to extend the driving range for longer trips. Here’s what it looks like:
Top Gear goes to Germany to take a look at a prototype hydrogen powered car made by General Motors. The car is the first car that has no mechanical links between the driver and the car. This allows for easy shift of body for different purposes. Read the rest of this entry »
Taxes on new cars here in Denmark was readjusted last week. The new idea is that kilometer pr. liter gasolin/diesel directs the tax. Popular gas guzzlers like Porsche Cayenne and Hummer H2 will from now on cost about 25.000 euro more while a new Toyota Prius will cost 5.500 euro less. Thanks!