Are you in the market for a new car? If so, why not think about a greener set of wheels? There are two significant advantages to an eco-friendly motor. Firstly, you’ll be doing the environment a big favour. And secondly, if you choose the right model, you will be saving a lot of money. Here are some ideas to get you started on a greener road.
Have a think about how you drive the majority of the time. Are you up and down on the freeway all day every day? Or are you a city driver? The answer to that question should give you a clue as to what you should look for in your next car purchase. As a rule, your unleaded gas car is more efficient for the stop-start nature of cities. Diesel fuel, on the other hand, is more suitable for longer drives on the motorway. Choose the right vehicle for your needs, and you could increase your efficiency by anything up to 25% – not bad for a simple choice.
What About Hybrid?
Hybrid cars are getting cheaper by the year, and you can expect to cut your fuel bill. You can use your electric battery to zip around town, and save your fuel for longer trips. Your best bet is to go for a full-hybrid. There isn’t much of an energy saving for the partial versions while fully electric cars don’t quite cut it – yet. We like the Tesla Model S P85D, which is fast, looks great, and goes a whopping 83 mpg. There’s an excellent review over at Caranddriver.com.
The Japanese carmaker Nissan has built up a tidy reputation for its vehicles. They are well-priced, robust and tend to hit the top of the reliability charts. Also, it appears that Nissan are building a reputation for greener motors, and you don’t have to look any further than their Verda Sedan. The AAA (American Automobile Association have made it their Best Green Car Value award winner for 2015. High praise indeed, and something you should be thinking about if value is a significant priority.
Watch Your Revs
Regardless of your car’s green credentials, you can be more efficient by taking care of how you drive it. Keep your car in the right gear, and try not to go too much over 2,500 revs. The result? You will use less fuel, and, therefore, keep your carbon footprint smaller. And, of course, you will save yourself a lot of bucks at the fuel pumps over the process of the year. If you can do that with an already efficient vehicle, that’s going to be even more savings.
Well, that’s our best advice for you – so take it all in if you want to boost your green credentials. We live in a time when we can make better choices, and the rise of the hybrid means we don’t have to cut back on performance, either. So, if you want to do more for the environment, make your next choice a more sensible one. It will help save the planet – and improve the state of your bank balance.