Low emissions and fuel economy are becoming increasingly important factors for new car buyers. The main reason for this is that eco-friendly cars are much cheaper to run than gas-guzzlers, but they’re also better for the environment and can also save you some money on things like car tax. If you’re in the process of buying a new car, consider looking at the following if you want to save yourself money, while helping the planet in the long term.
The Toyota Prius is one of the most popular hybrids in the US today. A petrol-electric pioneer, it’s a low-emissions green machine that has been improving and evolving since it first entered the market in 1997. 21 years later, the latest Prius, the Mk4, is the best version of the car yet offering great drivability matched with low emissions. You can choose between an entry-level car or a 5-door family vehicle, depending on your needs.
The Volkswagen Golf is a popular family hatchback that has been around for over 40 years. The latest Golf meets current emissions regulations and offers a truly effortless ride. CO2 emissions depend on the model you buy, although, as an example, both the 1-liter petrol model and the 1.6-liter diesel model both have emissions of less than 110g/km. Furthermore, Golf MK3 mods are available to further improve the performance.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is an all-electric car that offers high performance with zero carbon emissions. Prices are high for this vehicle, but thanks to its incredibly low running costs, drivers will reap the benefits almost immediately. The Model S looks sporty, but it’s still a really practical car. Hands-free steering, lane keeping, and cruise control are all handy tech features, and as it comes with freely updated software, you can be sure you’ll always have access to the latest technologies.
The Nissan Leaf was one of the first electric cars to hit the market, and it’s still a popular choice today. It may look like a traditional hatchback, but sit inside the car and you’ll notice the impressive tech display, which will enable you to monitor its electric range. Over the years, the battery power of the Leaf has progressed, and it is currently able to do just over 150 miles on one charge. This car is probably best for those who only need to do short journeys in their vehicles.
Finally, we have the BMW i3. This car looks nothing like any of the others on the list and is nothing like any other vehicle in the BMW range either. There are a variety of i3 models, but if you want the most eco-friendly version, you’ll want to go for the full electric model. This vehicle is estimated to be able to travel around 190 miles on one charge. You can also buy an extender, which will charge your vehicle while driving until you reach a charge point.
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