If you’re on the lookout for an eco-friendly car for your commute, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are a lot more options available today than in years past. Electric cars have come a long way in development, popularity, and usability. You can choose from fully electric cars with rechargeable lithium batteries or opt for a gas-electric hybrid for longer trips. You can even purchase them from many of the big-name car dealers you have grown to trust.
What is the Most Eco-Friendly Car?
The most eco-friendly cars are fully electric models, which are capable of driving up to 100 miles on only one tank of gas and produce zero tailpipe emissions. Next in line are the gas-electric hybrids, which can make it over 40 miles per gallon of gas. High energy lithium-ion battery cells, regenerative braking, hybrid drivetrains, and an increase in available charging stations have all contributed to the rise in electric car use and production.
Eco-Friendly Car Options
When choosing a new vehicle, it’s always a good idea to take a few out for a test drive, ask the dealer a lot of questions, and do your own research before committing to a purchase. For a starting point, check out some of the highest-rated and most eco-friendly cars on the market below.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
This midsize electric vehicle was one of the most popular in 2018 because it can get 136 MPGe and is among the most affordable options. However, it will only make it about 124 miles before it needs to recharge. There is a plug-in hybrid option that may be worth the trade-off for fuel efficiency, since it adds another 29 miles of battery power.
Tesla Model 3 Long Range
This was introduced as the lowest-priced Tesla in electric mid-size sedans and can get you 130 MPGe, plus 325 miles on a fully charged battery. However, you will have to purchase a long-range battery for about ten grand on top of the base price in order to take advantage of this capability.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
This electric subcompact car has been praised for its spacious interior and is capable of driving up to 238 miles on a fully charged battery. It also gets roughly 119 MPGe, which means the average driver will only spend an estimated $550 on fuel in an entire year.
The BMW i3 is an electric subcompact car built for elegance and efficiency. Its sleek, minimalist design makes it one of the most beautiful energy-efficient car options, but it also has a higher price tag. You’ll benefit from 118 MPGe and a driving distance of 153 miles on a full battery.
Tesla Model X
This electric midsize SUV is a great option if you need a little more space in your vehicle or want to drive on various types of terrain. Newer models have all-wheel drive and can get 87 MPGe and drive 289 miles before recharging.
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
This is an electric two-seat hatchback model, great for parking in tiny spaces. This has one of the lowest price tags for electric cars and has been listed among the top 10 eco-friendly cars in the United States. It can get up to 108 MPGe.
New Eco-Friendly Car Models for 2020
In addition to the popular electric car models listed above, you can look for these exciting new eco-friendly hybrid car models in 2020.
- Lexus ES – 42 Combined miles per gallon
- Kia Optima Hybrid – 42 Combined miles per gallon
- Toyota Avalon Hybrid – 44 Combined miles per gallon
- Honda Accord Hybrid – 48 Combined miles per gallon
- Honda Insight – 52 Combined miles per gallon
- Toyota Prius – 52 Combined miles per gallon
- Toyota Corolla Hybrid – 52 Combined miles per gallon
- Toyota Camry – 52 Combined miles per gallon
- Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid – 119 Combined MPG
- Toyota Prius Prime – 133 MPGe Combined
- Eco-Friendly Energy Plans
Energy conscious car buyers can also benefit from eco-friendly energy plans for their homes. Spring Power & Gas provides high-quality service and strives to make the smallest possible impact on the environment. Start with the most eco-friendly car you can afford and then contact us to learn more about our plans, to find one that works for you, and to get started contributing to a sustainable future.