The Best Environmentally Friendly Car Investments

Over the past decade or so, the auto industry has undergone a big shift towards producing more and more eco-friendly vehicles.

Nowadays there’s a decent amount of choice for any driver seeking a new electric or hybrid car, while the increasing production means the second-hand market is also home to many greener vehicles.

Whatever your budget as well, it’s now possible to find options that don’t break the bank to six-figure supercars. Plus, there are various ways to afford a new or used environmentally friendly car, such as leasing or arranged payment plans with the car dealership.

Tesla Model S

Undoubtedly one of, if not the most famous luxury electric car, the Tesla Model S is also up there with the very best. It’s a high-performance car capable of doing 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds with a purely electric engine. Currently there are few other electric cars on the market close to rivalling that.

With a top performance, stylish looks and next-generation technology that includes elements of self-driving technology, it really is a car for the future. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t come cheap for such quality, though it’s well worth the value.

Nissan Leaf SL

Ranges on electric cars continue to improve, providing more options for those seeking an eco-friendly commuter car. The Nissan Leaf was one of the first electric cars available at an affordable price for many drivers when first produced back in 2010.

Since then it has moved onto the second generation and the latest Nissan Leaf SL makes for a great city/commuter car. A 150-mile range, compact size, cruise control and various other features confirm this and with a brand new price well under half that of a Tesla Model S it can be easier to afford.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

For an even greater range for those with a longer commute or who want to have their charging times at a minimum, the latest Chevrolet Bolt EV boasts 238 miles on one charge. Holidays, visiting friends and family, going on a road trip, it’s an environmentally friendly vehicle ready for anything.

It also wastes even less energy with one-pedal driving. This enables you to slow down and even come to a complete stop by just lifting your foot off the accelerator. Less energy is wasted than braking, which can increase your range too.

Toyota C-HR Hybrid

It’s not only pure electric vehicles that are environmentally friendly. If you want something that still packs plenty of power, then a hybrid SUV such as the Toyota C-HR could be an excellent investment. The hybrid 1.8-litre petrol engine makes it a great alternative to many of the diesel-led ones.

A decent size makes it ideal for the school run as well as loading up for camping trips and other holidays. There’s a range of different specs available, with options including heated front seats and leather upholstery for those after a touch of class. The low CO² emissions and enhanced fuel economy make it a worthwhile investment if you opt for a model without.

Honda NSX

This is a truly top-of-the-range hybrid. A 3.5-litre V6 engine might make you question whether it’s an environmentally friendly car but considering it has a hybrid engine and compared to other vehicles in its class, it has to be classed as one. Even Guy Martin was converted by it, saying: “The NSX is the next level. I can’t think of any car that could keep up with it on my local lanes.”

It looks fantastic, drives magnificently and has an electric-running mode to silently cruise around in. A real head-turner with a green conscience, it may have a six-figure price tag but if you can afford that, it’s money well spent.

There are more and more environmentally friendly cars on the market now. Which others are some of your favourites?

2nd August, 2018

Author: wheelsforwomen

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