The Future Of Eco-Friendly Cars

Posted: Jul 10 2019, 2:13pm CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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The Future of Eco-Friendly Cars
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Cars are getting greener... or are they? We take a look and find out what the future of eco-friendly cars looks like.

As the threat of climate change becomes clearer, everyone is looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and live an eco-friendlier life. One of the easiest ways to shrink it is to trade your gas-guzzling sedan or truck for a bicycle, but this isn't an option for everyone, which is where eco-friendly cars come in.

Let's take a closer look at the future of eco-friendly cars, and what you can expect to see on the dealership lot in the future.

The Future Is Electric

When it comes down to it, the future of eco-friendly cars is electric. Tesla might have led the charge, but nearly every automotive manufacturer is coming out with their own electric vehicles, even luxury brands like Porsche, Jaguar and Audi. You don't have to make six figures to purchase one, though — Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and more affordable brands are also prepared to premiere electric models in the next year.

The impact of switching to an electric car depends on where you live and how much of your electricity comes from renewable sources. In New York, charging your electric vehicle is the equivalent of putting gas in a car that goes 191 miles to the gallon. In California, it's 109 mpg, but in most of the country, it's roughly 50 mpg.

Reducing Your Daily Driver's Emissions

If upgrading to an electric vehicle isn't in the cards, there are some steps you can take to reduce the emissions coming from your gas-powered daily driver. Keep the engine properly turned, change the fluids regularly and take the time to tint your windows.

That gas mileage you saw on the window when you purchased the vehicle is only an estimate — and only accurate if your car is in good running order. Skipping oil changes, leaving a clogged air filter in the intake or just not taking care of the vehicle will lower your gas mileage and increase your carbon footprint.

Believe it or not, tinting your windows can help reduce your carbon footprint. Window tint keeps the interior of your vehicle cooler, meaning you use less air conditioning and fuel when you start the engine. Pick a shade that blocks UV rays and is legal to use in your state, and you can make your car look cooler while reducing your emissions.

Ride Sharing Is Growing

Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft were hailed as an eco-friendly option for people who don't want to purchase their own cars, but it isn't as green as it could be — at least not yet. Most rideshare drivers are using their personal vehicles that use gasoline for fuel. Ridesharing is still growing, and as these companies start to implement fleets of self-driving electric cars, they'll begin to improve their carbon footprint and finally fulfill their eco-friendly promises.

In the meantime, Lyft is investing in carbon offset programs to make all its passengers' rides carbon neutral. It's spending money on other projects to try and offset the impact of its vehicles.

Eco-Friendly Cars Are Here

Eco-friendly cars are quickly becoming more affordable and common, but they're not perfect — at least not yet. If upgrading to an electric vehicle isn't in the cards for you right now, take the time to maintain your current vehicle to reduce your carbon footprint in small ways. Keep up with your car's maintenance schedule, tint the windows as dark as is legal in your state and try to drive less.

If you can walk, ride a bicycle or use public transportation, do so. That alone is the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint while you wait for eco-friendly cars to become more affordable.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.




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