As the number of cars on the road continues to increase in our world today, it is vital that we make an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.
Luckily, investing in a green ECO car is becoming mainstream. And with good reason! Along with their environmental benefits, green vehicles can save you money due to their decrease in fuel costs. Which means you’ll able to drive your environmentally friendly car at a significantly lower cost than a conventional car.
Carbon emissions from a gas car’s tailpipe have a dangerous impact on our planet. You’ve probably heard this time and time again, but just how harmful is that pollution coming out of a gas car’s tailpipe? Really think about that for one moment. Here’s one way to look at it: if you leave your garage door shut with your gas-powered car on, it can kill you. Tesla CEO Elon Musk explains, “combustion cars emit toxic gases. According to an MIT study, there are 53,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone from auto emissions.”
With global warming and health concerns on the rise, not to mention the money you could be saving on fuel costs, we’re going to take a look at the best green cars of 2019!
8 Best Green Cars 2019
1. BMW i3
The i3 has door panels made of hemp! When mixed with plastic, hemp helps lower the weight of each panel by about 10%. The hemp fibres that are left exposed, also form a design element of the car’s interior and contribute to sustainability. Additional environmental mindfulness is shown in the optional seat leather, which is tanned with olive-leaf extract and the dashboard trim, which is made from environmentally refined wood from certified cultivation in Europe.
2. Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is a full hybrid-electric car. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) rate the Prius as the cleanest vehicles sold in the U.S, based on smog-forming emissions. The Prius Eco ranks as the second most fuel efficient gasoline-powered car in the US without plug-in capability, following the Hyundai Ioniq “Blue.”
3. Hyundai Ioniq
The Hyundai Ioniq is a compact five-door liftback. It is the first car to be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric modifications. From its first model in 2017, the Ioniq Electric has been the EPA’s most efficient vehicle. The Ioniq Blue hybrid version has been calculated at 58 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel-efficient hybrid car that is mass produced.
4. Jaguar I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace is a battery-electric crossover SUV. It was named Green Car Journal ‘s 2019 Luxury Green Car of the Year. The Jaguar I-PACE was recognized for raising the bar in environmental performance while offering exceptional design, luxury appointments and driving characteristics.
5. Toyota Camry Hybrid
Camry Hybrid’s biggest selling point is its notable fuel economy. Depending on the trim, you can get anywhere between 44-51 mpg city and 47-53 mpg highway. For a hybrid model, this car is quite affordable too. It is priced below the Honda Accord Hybrid and many other major competitors. Although the Prius is slightly more affordable, it’s hard to ignore the lure of the Camry’s spaciousness and celestial ride quality.
6. Honda Accord Hybrid
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly car, Honda has plenty of options for you. The Accord has an EV Mode, which lets you operate from the battery and electric motor in specific driving requirements. If you want to monitor the energy flow of your hybrid, this car has a high-resolution, touch-screen Energy Management System Display, which shows a real-time update of the transfer of energy between the motor and the engine. Neat huh!
7. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is a compact 5-door hatchback electric car. The EPA’s official range is 243 km on a full battery charge. This car has won many awards too! In 2010 it won the Green Car Vision Award, in 2011 it won the European Car of the Year, it also won the 2011 World Car of the Year, and the 2011–2012 Car of the Year Japan.
8. Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is an environmentally friendly, zero emissions electric vehicle that won’t pollute the air like gas-powered cars. It’s fair to say the Tesla Model S was the originator of the current luxury electric vehicle boom. Yes, there were other electric vehicles before it, but it’s the first to be aspirational, not just efficient. It offers a semi-autonomous driving mode, a remote-control driving feature, and the most massive infotainment screen in the automotive kingdom.
With 9 million deaths per year globally linked to air pollution, the benefits of eco-friendly cars are enormous. It is our hopes that technology development continues to make more electric vehicles for our future and that our society as a whole, shifts away from conventional cars. This hope, coupled with increased renewable generation, who knows, maybe will finally be able to say bye to greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions once and for all.