Friday, September 28, 2012
Green Clean Auto Machine
It's nice to think that after years of SUV's and Trucks being the dominant focus of the Big Three they are looking greener and cleaner in both energy use and design. Like homes going green doesn't mean sacraficing design for purpose. They are not mutually exclusive.
GOING GREEN TO KEEP IT CLEAN
With the myriad of car choices on the market it’s difficult to decide where to begin. The good news is that more and more companies are making their vehicles increasingly cost effective by going green. What exactly does that mean for you?
An environmentally friendly car or truck will emit lower levels of harmful gases, including carbon monoxide which decreases the pollution in the air we breathe. As a bonus to the owner of the vehicle, lower insurance rates are common amongst green or hybrid cars, as they pose a lesser risk than others.
What about the cost of gas? Depending on the vehicle you choose, you may be stopping at the gas station less frequently as the MPG (miles per gallon) for city and highway increase with each new model.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 is a perfect example of cost and fuel efficiency. With its estimated 31 highway MPG, this model has also earned recognition from Roadfly, Kelley Blue Book and received a 5 star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup Truck delivers with an 18.2 gallon equivalent CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) tank that boasts 255 miles of driving as well as an 8 gallon gas tank for an additional 112 miles.
What is compressed natural gas and how will it benefit us as consumers? CNG is a fossil-fuel substitute for petrol gas. As opposed to the unhealthy petroleum gas which produces large amounts of harmful toxins that cause global warming, CNG produces significantly less while also maintaining a considerably higher MPG rate. Studies show that CNG costs fifteen to forty percent less than petroleum gasoline, as well as producing a better engine performance. Gasoline can only be accessed through authorized stations, CNG can be refilled at home through ones own natural gas line.
Diesel fuel, another variant in the market, also claims better fuel efficiency while also emitting twenty to forty percent less greenhouse gas than other vehicles. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be seen under its new badge, EcoDiesel. EcoDiesel will be used by Chrysler to distinguish their new line of clean diesel vehicles that are expected to be introduced within the next few years. Though the Jeep Grand Cherokee bears 2014, it is set to be released in early 2013. The EcoDiesel engine is predicted to run 33 highway miles and 23 city miles, making it more fuel efficient than its gas fueled counterparts.
At the Lou Fusz Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep dealership located in O’Fallon, Missouri, you can test drive several different models that achieve the 31 MPG rate along with other key features that will help you decide which vehicle is right for you.