There’s no other vehicle with more assumptions made about it than a "green" car — green of course refers to a car that is incredibly fuel-efficient, a hybrid, or one that uses alternative fuel. No matter what you call it, these environmentally-friendly vehicles all come with a stigma.
Fortunately, automotive companies have been busy at work challenging these preconceived notions.
It's Not Easy Being Green...
As Kermit so famously quipped on Sesame Street, "It's not easy being green." For car owners, this is because being "green" has become synonymous with driving a tiny, cramped, underpowered vehicle with very little cool factor. Smart? Yes. Cool? Not so much.
However, just as times are changing, so is the image of fuel-efficient vehicles. Now, in addition to cars like the Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi Mirage, there are such stunning options as the Tesla Model S or the Infinity Q50 Hybrid. These vehicles bring a much-needed dose of cool to the green car lineup.
Whatever you choose, it’s a win-win. Not only will driving a fuel-efficient car help decrease harmful emissions and cut down on fossil fuel usage, it’s also a great way to save money at the pump.
Keep in mind that no green car company does it the same — every environmentally-friendly vehicle has its pros and cons. Look around and find one that’s right for you before you arrive at a decision.
The Green Car Lineup
If you’re on the hunt for a flashy attention-grabber or you prefer a point A to point B kind of ride, there is an environmentally-friendly car that's just right for you.
From conservative daily drivers to premium sports cars, green cars are offered in a wide range to fit different styles and budgets:
- Chevy Volt – All electric and includes a small gasoline engine to “extend” mileage. The Volt isn’t the flashiest car around, but with up to 109 MPG, it will get you from point A to point B without having to stop for gas.
- Toyota Prius Eco – The “original” hybrid is rated at 58/53 highway/city MPG. Not only will you save at the pump, the Prius itself is very affordable. The roomy seats and quick acceleration make this car a great option if you're looking for a daily driver.
- Tesla Model 3 Long Range – Fully electric and can be ordered with an optional long-range battery for an extra $9k, which can deliver a range of up to 310 miles. Keep in mind, Tesla is a premium brand, and at $51k and up, the company isn't exactly giving them away. They are fast, sleek, and powerful and will surely put you in the cool green car camp.
- Infinity Q50 Hybrid – This fuel-efficient hybrid gets 36 MPG and still gets up to 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds. The Infinity proves that fast, luxurious hybrids do exist.
- BMW i3 – Battery-powered and includes a gasoline-powered range extender. This car has an impressive driving range of 153 miles on battery power.
Yes, Even Green Cars Break Down
Just because a car is eco-friendly, that doesn’t mean it is impervious to breakdowns. Green or not, vehicles that are no longer under factory warranty need protection. Protect My Car offers a selection of protection plans that are perfect for your green car.
In addition to saving on fuel costs, green cars that are protected with Protect My Car's Ambassador Policy can also help you save on oil changes, tire rotations, and mechanical services.
Go Green and Like It
Find the car that suits you and keep it covered with an extended protection plan from Protect My Car. You’ll have the combined peace of mind of knowing you're helping the environment and that your car is covered when it comes time for repairs.
Check out Protect My Car today to find a plan that's right for you.