Eco-friendly cars are the need of the millennium. They help us achieve sustainability without compromising on our living standards. This is something that almost all the millennials desire. Although designers boast all the electric cars as eco-friendly, however, that is not always the case. Since a large portion of our electricity comes from non-renewable and pollution causing sources, even this is not enough. Therefore, before working on electric cars we need to work on shifting to renewable sources of energy for electricity. Some cars, however, are too eco-friendly to even need this as they produce their energy themselves. Lamborghini Countach EV is one of those cars.
Lamborghini Countach EV
Eco Factor: Concept electric car harnesses solar and wind energy for power.
Electric cars that we see nowadays are great for the environment, since they don’t pollute the atmosphere with harmful gases. However, if we take electricity into consideration, which mostly relies on coal-fired power plants, the eco-friendly credentials of electric cars get debatable.
Industrial designer Flavio Adriani has tried to end the debate on a winning note, with a concept car that runs on electricity that is generated by onboard solar and wind energy generators. Dubbed Lamborghini Countach EV, the all-electric car features photovoltaic modules towards the rear and two wind turbines under the hood that generate enough energy to refuel the battery packs.
The batteries fuel a set of motors located in the wheels, which provide all the necessary power to get the beast moving. With an aerodynamic design and the use of lightweight materials, the vehicle will surely impress speed lovers who love to burn the streets without polluting it.
Some other Eco-Car designs similar to Lamborghini Countach EV
1. Toyota Prius C
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Toyota Prius C comes with an attractive combination of a low price and a high gas mileage. The vehicle offers an EPA of 53/46/50 mpg for city/highway/combined. It may not be luxurious, but it still packs a punch in the performance department and will surely give other similar subcompacts a run for their money.
2. Nissan Leaf SV
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Nissan has upgraded its already popular electric vehicle, the Leaf SV to include an improved battery performance of 107 miles range. The new Leaf SV can also be charged to about 80% or more in just 30 minutes as compared to its predecessors which took 4 hours or more. With spacious interiors, app powered AC and heating systems, and a smooth ride, the car operates on electric power alone.
3. BMW X3 xDrive28d
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Utilizing clean diesel and offering an impressive EPA mileage of 27/34/30 mpg for city/highway/combined, the BMW X3 xDrive28d is a highly efficient, eco-friendly vehicle that offers a driving experience many times better than any other hybrid vehicle. The car also offers a range of 600 miles on a full tank of diesel.
4. Lexus CT200h
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The CT 200h from Lexus is another eco-friendly vehicle that is making waves for its high mileage. Sporting a small, stylish look, the vehicle is really fun to drive and offers an EPA of 43/40/42 mpg for city/highway/combined. The small size is compensated for by a folding backseat for additional cargo volume, while a hatchback body style offers a comfort of a sedan.
5. Chevy Volt
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The Chevy Volt offers a range of 53 miles on gasoline. You can recharge it overnight at any in-garage charging station. However, the highlight of the Volt is that it comes with a gasoline engine. This engine helps you at times when the batter is not enough or when you need to accelerate on highways. The car offers an EPA of about 43/42 mpg for city/highway.
6. Ford Fusion Hybrid
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The Ford Fusion is one of those very rare hybrid vehicles that delivers what it promises in terms of mileage and performance. With an EPA of 44/41/42 mpg for city/highway/combined, the midsize sedan features an efficient drivetrain for a smooth, comfortable and quiet ride. It comes with Aston-Martin inspired styling and can surprise you with its athleticism should the need ever arise.
7. Toyota Avalon Hybrid
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Another hybrid gem from Toyota, the Avalon is a spacious full sized sedan with an EPA of 40/39/40 mpg for city/highway/combined. The electric vehicle also enjoys a higher EPA for the city when compared to the non-hybrid variant. This makes it a great steal for commuters who prefer a comfortable, quiet ride in the midst of traffic jams and slow and go commutes.
8. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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Those looking to buy an eco-friendly car usually get fooled into thinking that such cars are usually small, compact and a bit uncomfortable to drive. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is here to challenge that notion. It offers commuters the chance to save fuel while enjoying the spaciousness, comfort and driving experience of a large vehicle. With over 8 seats to seat the entire family, the Highlander Hybrid has an EPA of 27/28/28 mpg for city/highway/combined. These figures are much higher than the gas-only Highlander that has an EPA estimate of 8 mpg for combined and just 9 mpg for cities.
9. Fiat 500 Tender Two
Eco Factor: Powered by a zero-emission electric engine
The original Ghia-built Fiat 500 Jolly was an absolute dream and a vehicle that epitomized its time with cool, laid-back technology. The brand new Fiat 500 Tender Two by Castagna is an attempt to recreate that beach-party atmosphere in a vehicle that is meant for today’s roads. The new Tender Two comes with a host of delightful features for the auto maniacs with the more compact look, the classy wooden side sills, striped canvas rooftop, and brand new interiors.
But the real deal lies hidden under the hood, in the form of a zero-emission electric engine supplied by MES-DEA. The new engine gives the car a top speed of 81 mph and a range of a good 87 miles for a single 4-hour charge. This clean power complements its beautiful look and classy design, making it a very good buy indeed.
10. Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion
EcoFactor: Volkswagen’s most fuel efficient and cleanest version.
The fuel consumption on this car has been reduced by a full 0.6 litres compared to the original model. Similarly, CO2 emissions have been reduced from 135 g/km to 119 g/km. The car also has a 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine that kicks out 105 horses along with the 184 lbs ft of torque which has already achieved recognition as an efficient engine at a low 2,000 rpm. To ensure that the TDI engine still gets enough cooling air, the Golf BlueMotion has an effective dual fan. The car also relies on light-running tires optimized for rolling resistance.
From featuring stylish exteriors and roomy interiors to impressive EPA, these vehicles would surely gain a lot of fans in commuters hoping for a green, eco-friendly drive to their destination.