Green is the new red this February and as we celebrate the Month of Love and if you are in the market for a new vehicle, why not show your affection towards the environment by purchasing a green car this Valentine’s Day.
Searching for an explanation on green cars, the internet provided the following: “A green vehicle, or clean vehicle, or eco-friendly vehicle or environmentally friendly vehicle is a road motor vehicle that produces less harmful impacts to the environment than comparable conventional internal combustion engine vehicles running on gasoline or diesel, or one that uses certain alternative fuels.”
Searching even further one finds an article on four of the most affordable green cars in South African being the Nissan Leaf, Ford Fiesta 1,6 TDCi, Volkswagen Polo 1,2 TDi Bluemotion and the BMW i3.
The Nissan Leaf is 100% powered by electricity, using no fuel and producing no CO2 emissions – it doesn’t even have an exhaust pipe.
Developed in collaboration with Renault and many other global partners, the Nissan Leaf is quiet and power efficient, with the lithium ion battery mounted at the vehicle’s centre of gravity for maximum stability. Charged via a point built into the vehicle’s front bonnet, the batteries achieve 80% power in approximately 30 minutes, although overnight charging is recommended. The car benefits from Nissan’s focus on safety, and has been tested in a wide variety of driving conditions.
The Ford Fiesta may be a small car but it delivers big performance for its size, boosted with a range of technology-savvy features. Its super-efficient fuel consumption puts it firmly in the green car framework, with a combined cycle fuel consumption of just 3,6 litres per 100 km.
Perfect as a first car for first-time drivers, the Ford Fiesta includes the MyKey system, which allows parents to set maximum speeds and audio volume limits to encourage safety behind the wheel.
In a further step to promote safety, the audio system remains muted until seat belts are fastened. The vehicle is fitted with comprehensive safety features, including seven air bags, and it has earned a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating.
With a turbo-charged, intercooled 1,2 litre three cylinder engine, the VW Polo 1,2 TDI Blue Motion offers one of the lowest rates of fuel consumption available in South Africa, with a correspondingly low carbon emission. Even though the vehicle’s relatively small engine is what achieves a claimed average consumption of 3,4 litre per 100 km, it offers significant torque and power, making it a fun ride.
The consistently sustainable design of the BMW i3 makes it the perfect vehicle for urban environments. Driven by pure electric power and customised for the requirements of a sustainable and emission-free mobility, it embodies an intelligent form of travel. The vehicle represents an integrated and harmonious concept where every detail has been optimised to its purpose. This can be seen in the functionally dynamic exterior and in the clean and reduced interior space.
The BMW i3 can not only be charged quickly, easily, and conveniently at home using the wallbox or the charging cable, it can also be charged on the go from official charging stations.
Story: RC Myburgh