As we explained in our previous post, every year more and more people are trying to find better ways to contribute to the protection of the environment, polluting a little bit less, every day.
Getting a new eco-friendly car is a great way to begin. Of course, it would be better if everybody drives a bicycle; nonetheless we all love our cars. Especially, if you have invested in giving it a personal touch and style.
Now, purchasing a new hybrid is expensive, but the benefits in gas savings and environmental protection are higher than any price.
On our last post we began our top 6 most popular green cars in the U.S. during 2015 and if you like what you have seen so far, you better buckle up, because we are about to reach number 1!
2015 Nissan LEAF
The 2015 Nissan Leaf is roomy and comfortable, it could be any other 5-passenger hatchback, except it doesn’t require gasoline, and it’s nearly silent on the road. On the other hand, you have long charge times, meaning you have to wait for a while to get on the road again.
Between the new features, you can find in the Leaf SV models, new standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. In the Leaf SV and SL models you get hands-free text messaging and voice-activated destination entry.
Under the hood, stand out the 80 kW lithium-ion battery and the 107-horsepower motor powering the Leaf’s front wheels through a single-speed transmission. That motor churns out a stout 187 lb-ft of torque from zero rpm, resulting in a 0-to-60-mph sprint of about 10 seconds, and topping out at 90 mph.
2015 Toyota Prius
No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t keep out the 2015 Toyota Prius. No wonder why it is considered the best-selling hybrid in the world. With traditional and plug-in models available, the fuel-efficient 5-door hatchbacks pair a thrifty gasoline engine to an electric motor.
The 2015 Toyota Prius hybrid uses a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with a 60-kilowatt electric motor. The engine runs on gasoline, while the electric motor uses a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The 134 horsepower combination routes power through a continuously variable automatic transmission.
2015 BMW i3
In the first place, we have the BMW’s i3 EV. This car offers an optional gasoline engine that acts as a generator, in essence nearly doubling the car’s 80-mile range. The BMW’s i3 comes with a unique carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body components and a slew of high-tech interior features.
Under the hood, you have a 170 horsepower electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The i3 electric vehicle uses a single-speed transmission and is rear-wheel drive. It recharges in about three hours on a 220-volt charging station.
Even though the i3 is an electric car it still is a BMW, with all the fun, comfort and pride that driving a BMW provides.
So, now you have an idea where to aim at, when considering in becoming more environmentally conscious without giving away the fun and freedom that driving a car provides.