I’ve been testing cars for 23-1/2 years now, and there’s one thing that’s been bothering me for a long time. I love cars, or I wouldn’t be writing about them, but it feels like I’m supporting one of the main culprits of climate change. It feels like being a smoker–I know it’s bad for me, but I’m hooked.
Well, my auto column has exposed me to lots of great highly efficient vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles, and even some highly efficient regular old internal combustion cars.
This blog is about moving to the good guys. I’ll cover cars like the affordable all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the popular Toyota Prius, which gets a true 50 miles per gallon, and even the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, a large, comfortable sedan that averaged 36 miles per gallon for the week I drove it.
I’ll talk about new technology, upcoming models, and ways to reduce driving without becoming housebound. There are plenty of fun-to-drive cars out there that have a much more minimal impact on the earth, and we’ll talk about them here.
Even if you switch from a 10-year-old Chevy Malibu to a 2016 Honda Fit, you’re doing something to help. Carpool with someone–even better. Or, if you’ve got a reasonable commute, use an electric.
Watch this space for a special feature coming soon–a long-term test of a pure electric vehicle. I’ll show it in all it’s glory, and show you the pain points, too.
It’s time to go green. Let’s do it together.