One of the most obvious, in-your-face (pun intended) reasons to encourage people to switch over to green vehicles is the simplest: you get to breath fresher, healthier air.
Imagine what cities in the world would be like without having to worry about high smog, hazardous air days like this one last year in London, England:
this one in Beijing, China:
and this one in Los Angeles, California:
Even as a non city-dweller, wouldn’t it be nice to never have to get stuck at a red light behind this guy?
Yeah, I think so. The reality of the future is that widespread use of hybrid and electric vehicles will greatly reduce, and eventually eliminate these ugly, annoying, and unhealthy occurrences and make them nothing but stories we tell our grandchildren about.
Now, certainly fuel-injected vehicles are not the only contributors to this air quality equation, but lowering our use of them will certainly make a dramatic impact. Benefits of better air quality will not only impact our long-term overall quality of life, but could have an effect our actual life span. The World Health Organization states that, “Urban outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause 1.3 million deaths worldwide per year,” which gives cause for alarm that this truly is an area in need of improvement.
A clear way to to help contribute to the future of cleaner air is through the use of reduced carbon-emitting hybrids and zero pollutant-emitting all-electric vehicles. Fuel economy on a hybrid like the Toyota Prius is 50 MPG according to the 2012 Department of Energy report, versus a comparably priced Hyundai Sonata at 28 MPG. If you can go with a shorter daily driving range, the all-electric Nissan Leaf will get you 99 MPG. Better fuel economy = fewer emissions = higher quality of air and all of the benefits that go with it. Check out your vehicle’s fuel economy and compare with others by using the EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide!
Is better air quality something that you care about? Do you think green vehicles can make a difference? Share your thoughts on the subject below!