Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility. We share the planet, so must share its care. Recycling and using organic products that maintain sustainability are part of the equation. Transportation also plays a major role.

Standard cars burn fossil fuel and put contaminants into the air. Neither is good for the environment. New technology has provided cars with alternative engines that burn less or no fuel and significantly reduce emissions, in some cases to zero. Driving one of these green cars is a way to be a part of the solution. It’s good to know what kind of green cars exist to make an informed decision about which to buy.

Hybrid Vehicles

The most common of these cars are the hybrid vehicles. They are readily available and you can learn more at GreenCars. Hybrids combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. The electric motor powers the vehicle during normal driving operations and the standard gas engine kicks in at high speeds or when more power is needed. When the standard engine is running it powers the battery and under braking, the battery draws power and helps slow the car. Hybrids are can potentially be more expensive than standard cars but the savings in fuel makes up for that. These cars only put out harmful emissions when using the gas engine. The total output is greatly reduced.

Plug-In Hybrids

Another type of hybrid, the plug-in, has a battery that can be recharged at a charging station. These cars get even better mileage than standard hybrids but you do need to have a place to charge them. This can be a problem for people who live in areas that don’t have charging stations and rent their homes or apartments and thus, can’t install a charging station at home.

Electric Vehicles

A type of car that is becoming more common is the electric vehicle. These cars run solely on an electric motor, use no fossil fuel, and give off no tailpipe emissions. They provide an innovative and excellent solution to environmental concerns. However, they do have a limited range and you must have access to charging stations to keep them powered. An electrician can install a Level 2 charger in your garage to help expedite charging time.

Conventional Green Cars

For those who prefer a vehicle powered by a standard internal combustion engine, there are models that are greener than the typical car. Some of these run on biofuels which means no consumption of fossil fuels. Through the use of catalytic converters and similar devices, these engines have a reduced output of gases that harm the environment. When looking for a new vehicle, ask about alternative fuel cars.

Choosing a Green Car

Fighting against global warming and protecting the environment is a job that everyone should be a part of. When considering buying a new car, think about the green options. Information on them is readily available. Choose the one that suits your needs and then drive around confident that you are doing your part.

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