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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The automotive industry embraces the eco-conscious by designing electric cars

By Michelle Lopez

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding green living in the past few decades. As a society we have made many changes to be more eco-conscious and earth friendly.

Eco-friendly vehicles help people get in touch with nature

Many do their part by recycling, upcycling, utilizing reusable grocery bags at the supermarket, reducing their driving, carpooling, and composting. Another way we have moved to decrease our carbon footprint is by purchasing eco- friendly cars.

What are eco-friendly cars?

Eco-friendly vehicles
Eco-friendly cars are safer for the environment
A few different options exists for eco-friendly cars; electric or hybrid. Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of electricity and fuel that is hydrogen-based. Both types of cars are considered green, reduce the driver's carbon footprint, and are even gentler on the pocket book thank traditional cars.

Since 2008, electric and hybrid car companies have seen exponential growth and demand for these types of cars. Their prices are slowly dropping and the cars are continually being redesigned and enhanced to reduce pollution even more. They also require less maintenance than their gas-powered counterparts.

Benefits of electric and hybrid cars

Many other benefits are gained from the purchase and use of electric cars. The more electric and hybrid cars we purchase and drive, the less our country's dependence is on foreign oil supplies. Doing so can cause the price of foreign oil to drop, further benefiting Americans.

Driving a hybrid or electric car also sends the message that you are serious about helping the environment, and can potentially inspire other drivers to do the same. Other benefits of purchasing and driving an electric or hybrid car include:

• A decreased gas budget
With some hybrid models, the cost per mile to drive is less than $0.08 cents. When you drive a hybrid car, you help the environment and your wallet in going green.

• Tax breaks
If you drive an eco-friendly car, you may qualify for additional tax incentives and as much as $3,000 back. The majority of green cars qualify for this tax break.

• Reduced use of fossil fuels
By using an electric car you decrease the consumption of natural resources, emit less carbon dioxide into the earth's delicate atmosphere, and using less fossil fuels. No matter what speeds these cars drive at or what weather conditions they drive through their exhaust emissions are reduced drastically compared to traditional vehicles. 

• Slowing deforestation
Many newer hybrid and electric cars are using materials on the interior that are renewable and sustainable. Doing this decreases habitat destruction and slows deforestation.

History of green cars

Initially, green cars were not invented for the purposes of being environmentally friendly. They were simple invented and built to be working cars. Though they have been in existence for decades, it was only in recent years that their true benefit was recognized and they became more popular.

Some of the very first cars were electric, as many different power sources, even including steam. were used to find the best way to power a vehicle. However, the internal combustion engine won out. For the next 90 years, the majority of vehicles were built using this type of engine, while electric cars went by the wayside.

The first electric car

Hybrid and electric vehicles both have lower "carbon footprints"
Finite fossil fuel supply & rising costs encourged technological development
When we think of electric and hybrid cars we generally consider them to be a newer technology. However, the first hybrid car was created by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900. Many other inventors toyed with developing an electric or hybrid car for the next 30 years, but the science and technology never really materialized into something that could be realistically used.

Gasoline was readily available and cheap, so there was no need to search for or develop other options in car engines or power. In the 1970s, the interest in electric and hybrid car technology resurfaced. By the late 1970s, the price of gasoline dropped and interest in green cars once again faded.

In 1997, Toyota introduced the Prius to the market. This was the first hybrid car of the modern age to be manufactured and driven by consumers. Since then the popularity and manufacturing of the electric and hybrid car has grown a great deal.

About the author: Michelle Lopez is apart of the marketing team for Carintomoolah.com, a company that buy and remove salvaged and junk cars to help create a Eco-friendly environment.

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