An eco-friendly, or environmentally friendly car, is a vehicle that produces fewer harmful impacts on the environment than a traditional combustion engine vehicle.
Eco-friendly cars are powered by alternative fuels and use advanced technologies. They can be categorized as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and all electric vehicles, just to name a few.
A hybrid electric vehicle is one that combines a combusion engine with an electric system. When it drives at higher speeds, the battery for the electrical system gets a recharge.
A plug-in hybrid, just as the name suggests, is recharged by being plugged in to an external source of power. It has a combustion system as well.
An all electric vehicle is a vehicle that runs on a 100 percent battery power, with no combustion system. It plugs in for its recharge as well.
Electric cars have been around for as long as their gas-guzzling counterparts. But technical limitations such as battery size and efficiency have until recently hampered mass adoption of what is demonstrably a cleaner and more efficient form of fuel-powered transport. From USA Today.
A slideshow from US News. You may associate eco-friendly rides with hideous styling and bland driving dynamics, but given the influx of new entrants into the market over the past several years, there are now plenty of attractive and pleasant-to-drive green vehicles to choose from. This slideshow highlights some of the best.
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