5 Most Environmentally Friendly Cars

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We’ve been waiting years for environmentally friendly cars that are cheap, reliable, smart, and ‘future proof’. The automotive industry is unlikely to dive in until they are convinced that people are really going to put their money where their mouths are and invest in futuristic technology. The electric car may not have arrived in its expected form, but the success, reliability, monetary, and environmental cost of these cars will decide whether or not the future is here, now.

Zero Pollution Motors Air Car

So your car can run on the sun? Not good enough. How is it going to hold up after a 8 hour late-night drive? Not well I think. This car, however, runs on air. Or at least, it can run all day (or night!) on a pint of gasoline and lots of air, and double the Toyota Prius’ top total, hitting an astounding 106 mpg. This car can compress more air using whatever fuel is available and will take almost anything! Until the automotive industry adopts and pours money into radical projects like this, they may all just be hot air.

Magnetic Air Car

Who would have thought that combining air and magnets could be a combination that could beat gasoline? This isn’t a fuel-efficient vehicle. Rather, this is a fuel-less vehicle. It’s currently just a prototype, but at the moment this “Magnetic Air Car” will use use on-board substations to harness air, then channeling and modulating this air to produce torque which will propel the car. The car uses a battery, presumably one that requires charging occasionally, but with production due to start in 2010, it may not be long we all have to get the crowbars out to free two magnetic cars stuck together getting a little too close.

Pininfarina Nido Concept Car

A very well respected Italian car manufacturer has unveiled this electric car. With increasing investment in renewable energy that can power and charge these cars, they can be more efficient and cheaper to produce than their automotive cousins who demand fuel-less engines. It’s certainly easier to fill a car with electricity than oil.  A night of charging would give this car a 125 mile range. When batteries get a few hundred percent better (not an unreachable target), expect more of these cars to be produced by the big players.

Verdier Solar-Powered Camper Van

More environmentally friendly than most vacations, this camper van uses solar power to charge itself, using GPS to orient the solar panels. And when the sun isn’t shining, the van will run on gasoline. With the camper van / RV expected to be sold in Summer 2009, it won’t be long before you can enjoy luxury of projectors, surround sound, and a fridge/ freezer while on the road.  After considering production emissions and longevity of the van, it may be a few years before vans like this are sufficiently friendly to warrant all the energy that goes into making them.

Tesla Roadster

Not only is this environmentally friendly car on sale right now but it leaves all the above cars in the dust, motoring along silently at speeds up to 125 mph.  Just imagine the cost of auto insurance though! You won’t have the satisfaction of hearing the engine roar, but the Tesla Roadster already is rumored to have George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Arnold Schwarzenegger on its reserve list.  With a three hour charge, this car will take you 220 miles. The manufacturers have refused to add an artificial noise to these cars, so watch out when crossing the road from now on!

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21 Responses to 5 Most Environmentally Friendly Cars

  1. Carbon Outreach January 16, 2009 at 2:28 am #

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  2. daskos99 January 16, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    There’s no such thing as an environmentally friendly car. Just ones that hurt nature a little bit less than all the other ones.

  3. Valerie Coskrey January 17, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    Glad you are producing this list, and they make a nice start to our transportation needs, but…

    They are too small for families, but ok for commuting to work, even if going far.

    How do they fare for start-stop traffic? What happens to the radio and air conditioner when stuck in traffic? Do these items deplete the battery charge so that traffic jams become perilous?

    Where do you put groceries and other purchases?

  4. Carole Clark January 18, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    There has been electric cars and some kind of charger place in front of the Federal Court House Bldg in Burlington, Vt for several years now. I don’t know if it was a grant they had or what. In addition to that, I saw a solar powered boat in Burlington which was interesting.
    Vermont is the place where you have a lot of interest, (it is a college town), but nobody outside Vermont ever hears about it. I wonder if there have been other states doing projects nobody knows about.

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    chemicallygreen.com January 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    @Daskos99: Thank you for your comments. What do you suggest that America should do in making an environmental friendly car so no hurt would come to the environment?

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    chemicallygreen.com January 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    @Valerie Coskrey: Thanks for the comments. The cars are really cool, but I will have trouble fitting into one. Only after they are produced in America can your other questions be answered.

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    chemicallygreen.com January 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    @Carole Clark: Thanks for your comments. Carole, thanks for your information and following CG. I will take a look at your links and be in touch. We appreciate your comments

  8. mini-man upset May 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    I need pictures of the 5 most environmentally friendly cars:(

  9. Used Vans June 12, 2009 at 4:13 am #

    That solar powered Camper Van is amazing! Are they up for sale?

  10. Battleon Master September 8, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    Im Not Really Sure If The Volkswagen Van With The Wings is real. . .

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    chemicallygreen.com September 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    @Battleon Master: Thanks for your comments. If you will notice in the text written about the Volkswagen Van, it was suppose to go on sale this summer.

  12. solar panels for sale December 7, 2009 at 3:17 am #

    I like the idea of the air car, but I have to give props to the Tesla, since it is already on sale. Now they will continually be able to improve on it.

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    chemicallygreen.com December 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    @solar panels for sale: Thanks for your comments. The Telsa is a cool car, but to rich for my pocketbook. Saw an interesting interview last week of the CEO for Nissan. He stated that the future is electric cars and all major auto companies are working in this area. The future for electric cars will be very unique.

  14. clyde March 1, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    nice car post.

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    chemicallygreen.com March 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    @Clyde: Thank u for your comments.

  16. Home Air conditioner March 16, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I love the way these type of cars look… but I have 2 kids, and I live in the country side (farm style) I doubt they have the power required for this type of region

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    chemicallygreen.com May 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    @Home Air conditioner: Thank u for your comments. These cars could prove to be somewhat crowded with a family of four.

  18. Carole B.Clark May 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    HEY this is a cool post! Here I am in ALA *****BAMA and watching the oil spill news makes me sick to my stomach BECAUSE us GREEN MEANIES…us Greens…us Environmentalist….we’ve been worried about something like this ever since EXXON Valdez…..and others!!!! WHY WHY WHY was the rig put in place? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and WALL STREET BANKERS and CORPORATION CEO’s who will still make mega bucks while all our wildlife, fish estuaries, wetlands, marshes, and such are TOTALLY RUINED for my unborn grandchildren! I hate it.

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    chemicallygreen.com May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    @Carole B. Clark: Thank u for your comments. Hello Carol, it has been a while since we visited. Hope u are well.
    The oil spill is really a disaster for all the country and we have not yet felt the full impact to what this disaster is going to cost. The monetary cost will be enormous, but the damage to the environment and wildlife will be even worse. Our coastal areas that will be devastated and ruined may never rebound from this environmental disaster.
    Even this week, the so called energy bill, alias cap-and-tax will be introduced by the Senate and this will end up costing the US taxpayers dearly as Goldman Sachs, Al Gore and carbon industry reap gigantic profits and little will be done to curb global warming.
    The scam of all scams as pork spending in energy bill is over whelming.
    The big oil rig was exempted from environmental impact studies and BP is the largest monetary contributor to Obama.
    Don’t give up. A big change for the world is coming.

  20. Azzie Schrawder August 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    loved this blog!

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    chemicallygreen.com August 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    @Azzie Schrawder: Thank u for your comments.

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