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March 13, 2011 / The Green Scene

Hybrid Cars . . . Are They Worth It?

Since the ongoing trend is to be eco-friendly, many car companies have decided to launch hybrid models of their vehicles. Will you sacrifice power, speed and design to be eco-friendly? If so, do you believe hybrid cars are TRULY eco-friendly as advertised? There is quite a bit of controversy about whether hybrid cars are in fact green.

So let’s lay out the facts.

Hybrid cars are the most gasoline efficient car out there however, they do cost more up front.

On the other hand, I bet you did not know that the amount of carbon dioxide released to generate electricity to power a hybrid vehicle and the emissions released to fabricate the vehicle is just as great if not greater than the amount of emissions released with a normal gasoline vehicle!

So what car should you drive? Do you think that hybrid car manufacturers will soon be able to TRULY make hybrid cars eco-friendly, from the fabrication to the car being on the road?

Out of the list provided rank which cars you think are the most eco-friendly?

(1 being the most fuel efficient with the lowest carbon dioxide emissions)

1. Smart for Two

2. Volkswagen Jetta TDI mit Clean Diesel

3. Rolls-Royce Coupe

4. Ford Fusion Hybrid

5. BMW 335i Coupe

6. Toyota Prius Hybrid

7. Lexus CT 200h

8. Maserati GrandTurismo

To find out how fuel efficient your car is visit

Fuel Consumption Rating




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  1. Jake Maynard / Mar 15 2011 6:57 am

    Depending on the engine, a hybrid car can accelerate just as or even faster than your average fossil fuel consuming car. I think the real question is if the market will allow for the new fully electric cars. Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster just to name a few. As with the hybrid cars, production does have an increase in emmissions but this is negated by the fact that cars on average last a minimum of 10 years and ten years of avoided emmissions is a lot. The real devil in both hybrid and electric cars, is the battery, which has to be replaced much more often than on a classical combustion engine car. The chemicals contained in them are highly toxic and not easy to dispose of. Just some ideas from an engineering stand point 🙂 Guessing at the lowest emmission car of your list

  2. Sophia Skoulikas / Mar 19 2011 8:04 pm

    I had no idea that hybrid cars release the same amount of carbon dioxide as a normal car! I always thought them to be more eco-friendly. However, I still think that they should bring back the electric car because it really does seem to be the most eco-friendly. The technology has been out for many years and it baffles me that they removed it from the market 20 yrs ago and still never brought it back! I truly believe that eco-friendlier cars can be made by the manufacturers but are still not ‘permitted’ to do so because of all the money gas/oil companies would lose. It’s very unfortunate since we see what carbon emissions have done and are still doing to our planet: increased temperatures which leads to melting of the ice caps that causes rising water levels, floods and it may even be responsible for the increasing number of major earthquakes we have been seeing in the past couple of years!

    Now my ranking (I don’t know if I am right…just my opinion): smart car (1), Volkswagen (5), RR (6), Ford fusion (4), BMW(8), Toyota (3), Lexus (5), Maserati (10)

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