Eco-Car Round Up

As consumers strive to become more environmentally friendly and save money, on the market hybrids and electric cars are becoming quite popular. Hybrids have more efficient gas engines combined with an electric motor, use less gas, have lower emissions, and use a battery to improve efficiency, while the electric engine is powered solely by an electric motor, producing no emissions and eliminating the need for gas. The increasing demand for these eco-friendly cars means more options for consumers – today, there are more options to choose from than ever before.

Chevrolet Malibu Eco
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco introduces a state-of-the-art technology called eAssist, which makes it possible to conserve power when it’s not needed. The engine recoups 15 kilowatts of power during braking and uses it to recharge the battery. The engine also shuts off fuel delivery during certain deceleration conditions for additional efficiency. To power accessories, eAssist switches from using gas to energy in its lithium-ion battery. The Malibu Eco pairs exterior styling inspired by the athletic stance of the Camaro with a dramatically aerodynamic design. The result–an eye-pleasing appearance which also guides airflow to reduce resistance. MSRP $25,235

Mercedes Benz S400
The Mercedes S400 Hybrid is the perfect car for anyone looking for an eco-conscious way to travel in luxury. The S400 uses an efficient combustion strategy known as the Atkinson cycle and has the world’s first lithium-ion battery designed for automotive use. The Mercedes S400 incorporates a “fuel-saving stop-start function that turns off the gas engine below nine mph when braking to a stop or waiting at a light, but the rest of the car is powered by electric power. Upon release of brake or touch of the gas pedal, the gas engine begins, lowering exhaust emissions,” according to emercedesbenz.com. MSRP $91,850


Nissan Leaf

The Nissan LEAF is 100% electric, running on zero gas. The LEAF is a hatchback that seats five, and can travel approximately 100 miles on a single charge. You can use a program called ChargePoint® when you’re on the go and need to locate a charging station. MSRP $27,700

 

 

 

Lexus GS 450h
The Lexus GS 450h is a luxury hybrid sedan with dynamic features. This car is equipped with the direct-injected Atkinson-cycle engine “a 3.5 liter V6 engine mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor,” according to Lexus.com. The GS hybrid offers fuel efficiency and emission ratings comparable to a 2.0-liter compact, while generating the G-forces of a high-performance V8. MSRP $58,950


Ford Focus Electric

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric will never need an oil change or a drop of gas ─ it’s powered by a new lithium-ion battery system. The Focus Electric is equipped with several remarkable technologies, including MyFord Touch®, an innovative in-car communications and entertainment system designed to get the most efficiency from the vehicle. This car also has an eco-conscious interior–the cloth seat fabric is made with REPREVE® fiber, produced from 100% recycled materials, and the cushions are made of bio-based foam derived from plant seed oils. MSRP $39,200

Toyota Prius V
We’ve all heard of the Toyota Prius V–but now, with 67.3 cubic feet of cargo space, it has space for 98 paper grocery bags! The Prius V is powered by Hybrid Synergy Drive®, delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, while producing low smog-forming emissions. A Panoramic View Moonroof is available in the Prius V, which is 40 percent lighter than conventional glass, creating a view to admire the world above. MSRP $24,000

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