Which vehicle manufacturer creates the greenest vehicles?,

Matthew W. 471°

I'm looking to buy a new car right now, and an unsure about which to go for - especially as it's so tough filtering out truth from 'greenwash'. Can anyone help? And does anyone know where I can find them?

6 replies

Hi Matthew. You could buy a diesel (preferably direct injection) and then convert it to run on Biodiesel for $3,000. check out www.envirocar.co.nz/ They are a Wellington company that also collect vege oil from restaurants and sell it at as biodiesel for 89c plus gst litre . You need a tank at home but that means no more service station queues. They deliver to your house but when away you can use normal diesel. Not sure which car comopany is greenest but will help if not using fossil fuel. Rgds Rich

Written in June 2008

Bill F.

Hi Matthew, I running a Chrysler Minivan and getting about 20 city and 23 highway with E85 ethanol (.40/gal cheaper than gas). I average 22 city and 26 highway with gas. Pretty good for a large vehicle. We are looking at getting a Jeep Compass which gets about 28 on the highway. Two of our friends bought them and just love them. We rode in both and there is a lot of room. If you care about the enviroment stay away from the Japanese Hybrids. They are all made in Japan and shipped over here on cargo ships that move 8 to 12 inches on a gallon of fuel (backer fuel oil or diesel). The average crossing takes 2 million gallons with about 6% exhausted as unburnt fuel dumped into the oceans along with human waste and garbage. The dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and much of the air pollution on the California coastline are now being attributed in part to the 24,000 registered cargo ships.

Written in June 2008

Get a vehicle that uses the least amount of fuel! Corn produced ethanol is not "green" as it uses too much energy to produce. Go for a highly fuel efficient gas or diesel model. Fuel efficiency is everything in determining how green a vehicle is.

Written in June 2008

Russ M. 130°

For a "regular" motor you could check out http://www.rightcar.govt.nz/ analysis, comparisons etc

Written in June 2008

Charles M. 110°

Small diesels are pretty cool and efficient. Check out the Kia Rio diesel (less than 5 l per 100km).

Written in July 2008

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