The article below was submitted to this site via SocialMonsters.org. Of course, the greenest choice is to not drive at all. But for those who have to have a car, it pays to investigate the most environmentally friendly alternatives in transportation.
Toyota, the world’s largest producer of hybrid electric cars introduces its first hydrogen-powered car for 2015. It runs on hydrogen, the world’s most abundant element, and produces zero emissions. Although the introduction of the Toyota Prius worldwide in 2000 spearheaded the green car movement, it also helped direct a cultural shift away from smog-producing, gas-guzzling cars. If introducing the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle was like an atom blast, this new auto introduction would be a hydrogen explosion.
The Prius Changed Green
Almost two million Toyota/Lexus hybrids have been sold in the U.S. since the Prius debuted, accounting for 70 percent of total U.S. hybrid sales. Despite its huge marketing success, the car makes an environmentally conscious social statement. Bob Carter, Toyota’s U.S. senior VP for automotive operations, says the Prius has “become a pop culture icon.”
New Prius Developments
As records are broken around the world, efficiency remains a top-priority for the next-generation Prius. Toyota’s 2015 version has an updated Hybrid Synergy Drive equipped with more powerful electric motors. Advanced battery technology yields higher energy density. This smaller, lighter combination will be less expensive to build and introduces unspecified advanced safety technologies. You won’t even need a cable to charge it.
As for the future of its hydrogen vehicles, projects are foggy. Toyota produces almost 10 million vehicles a year — more than any other manufacturer, according to The Christian Science Monitor. Also, 16 percent of their U.S. sales are hybrids, which is a much higher percentage than any other auto maker, The Wall Street Journal adds. But until significant technical and economic constraints related to production, transportation, and consumption are overcome, hydrogen vehicles are not likely to be big sellers due to the high price tag of $50,000.
Automakers are running to catch up in the hydrogen race. G.M. already works with Toyota on hydrogen cars, while Daimler, Ford and Nissan recently announced a combined fuel cell effort.
The SmartWay to Buy a Green Car
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay “New Leaf” symbol distinguishes the cleanest and most efficient automobiles on the market today. They invite buyers to check detailed consumption and performance information on SmartWay cars and trucks at their Green Vehicle Guide. If you’re shopping for a new car at a dealership or researching vehicles online, look for the SmartWay symbol. You can trust that it’s highly economical and environmentally protective.
By Tommy Calloway