Eco Cars: The Best Of

By David Tomlinson

As the future moves forward, our earth's natural resources continue to deplete. More people are taking the initiative and choosing to go green-this includes their driving habits too. Car companies are beginning to realize that consumers are choosing to go green too-which has created a new market brand of Eco-friendly cars.

Vauxhall Ampera

One of the newest brands of Eco-friendly cars is an Ampera, The Vauxhall Ampera will travel up to 40 miles using only a lithium-ion battery-powered engine. Once it has traveled up to 40 miles, then the regular engine takes over. Its regular secondary engine runs on E85-bio-ethanol which generates electricity. It also has intelligent AFL headlights which will change their pattern according to the weather and its place.

Telsa: Roadster Sport

Another car company, Telsa, has produced Eco-friendly cars since 2003. Their car design, the Roadster Sport, runs on an electric engine that produces zero carbon emissions and can reach 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. While this car actually was new in 2009, it has received more public attention with an increased awareness of the environment.

Nissan: LEAF

Rated by Time Magazine as one of the top inventions of 2009 is the LEAF, created by Nissan. It can drive up to 100 miles and can be charged to 80% capacity in just thirty minutes. With its increased speculation and popularity, the Nissan LEAF hopes to get backing from the government and several companies worldwide. The future of this car has stated to be one of the most practical and Eco-friendly cars that have been designed so far.

Hyundai: Sonata Hybrid

Another car that reduces carbon emissions is the Sonata Hybrid by Hyundai. It has a 2.4 liter engine and a best-in-class 206 net horsepower. It was first displayed at the auto show in LA in November 2009.

Eco-Friendly Cars for the Future

Besides cars such as the Sonata Hybrid, LEAF, Ampera and Roadster, there are other Eco-friendly cars that are in planned production too. As the years progress, consumers can expect to see more cars that run on electricity and have less carbon emissions. The BMW Megacity is planned for production in 2013. It expects to have a longer service life because of a corrosion proof aluminium chassis, carbon passenger cell and robust electric motor. It should cost the consumer little in maintenance and stay in service for decades. The next car planned for the future is the Mazda 2 Electric. It plans to have a range of 124 miles that will run on electricity. The Japanese automakers of this design firmly believe that electric cars will be the commuter's car of choice.


As more car designs such as Vauxhall Ampera make the decision to go green and develop Eco-friendly cars, we can hope a change for the better to our environment. While prices may be expensive at first, they will adjust as sales increase and the electric car becomes the choice of most consumers. Before we know it, we just might stop mumbling and grumbling over rising fuel prices and begin to enjoy driving once again.

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