It’s not easy going green -part 2

Posted: June 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So I realize all of my loyal readers (hey, I can dream can’t I) have eagerly been awaiting part 2 of ‘It’s not easy going green’ so here it is.

Apparently, going green for the car market is cool right now. I would like to say the auto industry is embracing a long-overdue market that not only makes good business sense, but can be beneficial to the planet and help take our grip off foreign oil. I know that’s probably not the case, but regardless, the car has taken a sharp turn in evolution that could have long-lasting benefits, not to mention the all-encompassing wow factor.

So what could I possibly be ‘wowing’ about when it comes to green cars? How about a Hybrid supercar. Jaguar recently introduced a concept hybrid supercar, the CX-75, that can hit speeds of more than 200 mph, 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds, and put out the emissions equivalent of a Toyota Prius. If that’s not enough wow, how about the Porsche 918 hybrid with four driving modes and a 500-plus-hp, 3.4-liter V-8, augmented by a trio of electric motors.

Porsche AG design Chief Michael Mauer says, “There is no contradiction anymore between performance-between having fun driving a car and this whole environmental discussion.”

Photo courtesy of Jaguar-the hybrid prototype

 

So there you have it, it IS possible to have a fast-really fast, cool car that’s good for the air we breathe and won’t suck down fossil fuels like virtually every high performance car we have ever known. Once again, all I can say about that is, it’s about time!

The recent ‘green’ movement is going way beyond cool concept cars, Mazda is on a mission to have most of it’s cars increase fuel economy by more than 30 percent by 2015. Don’t be surprised if 40 mpg becomes a standard by then, and with so many other car manufactures vying for the top position on the green list, making cars more fuel efficient will be the new competitive edge in the automotive market.

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