The Top Green Cars of 2011

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Every family has at least one car, but many of them have one for each member of the family. This means a lot of cars, and so a lot of these people have realized that they are doing a lot of harm to nature, forcing them to try to switch to green cars. Which one to choose?

Chevrolet Volt

chevrolet voltThe good thing about this car is that it can store energy that is enough for a day for the majority of people. It is easy to recharge and it has to be driven just like a traditional car. You don’t have to be afraid of remaining without the car, because it can also be used with gasoline.

In the majority of the cases the users need about 9.3 gallons of gas yearly. The federal tax credit in this case is of $7,500 and in some of the states the car is eligible for rebates of $5,000. This is also a good choice in case you are concerned about your safety, because it has been named one of the safest green cars of the year. The warranty for the batteries is of 8 years or 100,000 miles.

There are also some disadvantages of the car, such as the high price of $41,000. For a period of time it has been available only in six states, but in a short while it will be available in the whole country. In case you are using the gasoline engine, you have to buy premium gasoline, which costs 20 cents more than the regular gasoline.

Nissan Leaf

The advantages of this car include the fact that you don’t really need gas, since the electric engine covers the needs of the majority of people. For you to refuel the car costs you about $2.75. There is no need to change the oil. This means that the owners, unlike the owners of a Prius, can save about $1,360 because of maintenance.

The federal tax credit for the Leaf is of $7,500 and there are rebates available ranging from $2,000 to $6,000. Just as in the previous case the warranty for the battery is of 8 years or 100,000 miles.

There is a lot of space for the passengers and you can fit three child seats in the back of the car. This is also a safe choice when it comes to green cars and it is very easy to recharge.

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