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“The New Wave of Green Cars” December 1, 2010

Filed under: Environmental Business Posts,General Posts — Planet EcoBusiness @ 5:41 PM

In my recent posts, I’ve been mentioning many environmental-friendly products and steps that different businesses and corporations around the world are taking. However, there’s another really important part of this green direction in which many aspects of our society is heading towards that I haven’t yet talked about here. This includes the way our very own transportation is changing.

Under Yahoo’s Auto News, I found a recent article published online that gave information on a series of “green cars” that are underway in the coming 2011. For the past three or four years, I have been seeing several advertisements on new hybrid cars in many different models. For instance, one very typical hybrid car we see (also mentioned in this article) is the Toyota Prius. Obviously, we are making progress in terms of producing and using the things around us that are more environmental-friendly. This is really important because transportation is so vital when it comes to travelling to visit family or even simply to buy groceries. Cars are almost like our daily travel companions. Therefore, it only makes sense to change the type of energy in which our cars are using.

The article explains that the launch of the Chevrolet Volt from General Motors and the Leaf from Nissan in December will eventually promote the new trend of electric, hybrid, and plug-in electric cars. However, these new vehicles will be launched regionally, meaning that they’re only available in certain states. Due to necessity of a charging network and other important features that are still being developed, there are limited launches into the mass market.

The article provides the following websites for reference in terms of availability and most things there is to know about these kinds of cars.

http://www.hybridcars.com

pluginamerica.org.

Some other types of cars such as the Coda sedan will have a federal tax rebate along with state incentives. However, these are more unlikely to be found in the mass market, for they are only available through certain markets and retail stores.

I don’t usually follow-up with these kinds of auto news, but I thought it would be interesting to share. If you have some time, definitely take a look at the article here. Whether or not you’re planning to participate in this new “green” trend vehicle-wise, it’s still something fun to read and learn about. This type of production is always a slower process and can take many years to develop.

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2 Responses to ““The New Wave of Green Cars””

  1. itsagamble Says:

    I really do not think this transition is going to work. Of course, there will be people who buy the Leaf and the Volt right off the production line, but many consumers are skeptical of this new technology. What do you think?

  2. Sam Says:

    Ooooh. I like this article. It’s a shame that America has such a negative view on small, compact cars that sip gas. Japan has what are known has K-cars, or “kei-cars.” They’re very tiny cars that fit into small parking spots, and drivers are rewarded for such ownership by way of tax rebates and such. They’re pretty cute, too. Also, the Nissan Leaf is garnering attention as one of the ‘other’ first all-electronic cars. I think you should write a post about these!


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