We’re starting our Green Driving Series with a look at the most important step in reducing the environmental impact of your automobile use – buying green.
In Los Angeles County traveling by automobile is a necessary evil – we don’t boast the best public transportation system in the country just yet. And considering how much we do drive in Los Angeles, and how much of that drive is often spent in traffic, selecting a “greener” vehicle can go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint.
Of course it would be wonderful if we could walk or bike everywhere but that isn’t always feasible. But on the flip side, it wouldn’t be very green to dump the car you have in favor of a greener vehicle unless you are already in the market for a new car.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its annual green vehicle ratings earlier this year. The natural-gas-powered Honda Civic GX topped the list as the overall greenest vehicle. The number two and three spots went to the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid.
The green vehicle hall of shame award went to the Lamborghini Murcielago/Murcielago Roadster with a green score of 18 (compare to the Honda Civic GX’s score of 57). The Murcielago Roadster averages 8 mpg in the city. The Lamborghini isn’t your average family car so making the top spot on the meanest vehicle list isn’t quite as disturbing as some of the more common vehicles that DID make the “bad” list. The Dodge Ram 2500, Ford F-250, Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon.
Green Driving Series Continued…
Next time we’ll look at green driving tips for minimizing the environmental impact of your driving.