Guest Post by Kristy Kravitsky
Believe it or not, electric and hybrid vehicles are popping up left and right- and consumers are loving them. If you can get style, affordability, and spend less money on gas, why not? And guess what else- they help to save the environment. We’re sold!
You don’t need a car owners manual to realize that times are changing; people are becoming more aware of how their actions affect the Earth and they’re learning how to modify them. Electric and hybrid vehicles are more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, provide various performance benefits, and reduce overall energy dependence. Plus, they’re not too hard on the eyes either. Time to sell your absurdly large Hummer; environmental ignorance is such a bad look for you anyway. Let’s take a look at 7 top electric and hybrid vehicles.
- Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: Topping off our list is the VW Jetta, which is bound to be one of America’s best selling hybrids- not only because of its sleek and sporty body, but because of its fuel-efficient engine. Based on VW’s extremely popular (and affordable) Jetta, this little beauty was given a modern update and is already sparking rumors about bumping the Toyota Prius out of its top hybrid spot. Das Auto!
- Ford Fusion Energi Plugin Hybrid: Named the “World’s Most Efficient Sedan,” this hybrid lives up to it. This vehicle is capable of achieving up to 100 mpg. Slowly close your mouth, it’s true. Also available is a nifty system that parallel parks the car automatically.
- Volkswagen Electric E-Bugster: One of the most anticipated reveals at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, this little buggy did not disappoint. The sporty electric vehicle boasts 114-horsepower and a 695-pound lithium-ion battery, with a number of ways to charge it; one of which can juice up the battery in thirty minutes. If this little guy makes it to the market, it will sport VW’s signature LED headlights and 20-inch wheels.
- Toyota Rav4 EV: The Rav4 will be one of two electric vehicles Toyota plans to release in 2012, as well as the only SUV available in the United States. It has a driving range of 120 miles and can be fully recharged in about five to seven hours.
- BMW ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5: Much to the delight of their drivers, the extremely popular 3 and 5-series have been remade into hybrid sedans. The ActiveHybrid 3 boasts a 6-cylinder twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine, which produces 306 hp and gets 36 mpg.
- Honda Fit EV: This sporty subcompact is getting an electric upgrade from Honda. Drivers can expect 123 miles of drive-time and a time-frame of about three hours to fully recharge using a 240-volt circuit.
- Chevrolet Volt: The Volt not only has a 500 mpg fill-up range and 40 miles of electric range, but it looks sexy as well. With its high-tech interior – including a 7-inch navigation screen, dazzling instrument cluster, and comfortable bucket seats – the consumer surely won’t feel shortchanged when buying this electric car, or the car owners manual that comes with it.
Kristy Kravitsky is a Pennsylvania State alum with ambitions to write and travel