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Buying a new car is always exciting, you get an opportunity to look at all the new designs, test drive the vehicles and ultimately walk away with a brand new car. The global trend is going green and as a result, more and more new cars are eco-friendly.
What does eco-friendly mean and why should you buy it? Eco-friendly simply means that the vehicle is better for the environment. The car produces less carbon emissions and runs on a combination of battery and petrol. The benefit for you is that you save money on the long run, as you use less petrol to drive the vehicle and the battery recharges while you drive.

So which green vehicles should you buy? 

Here is a list of the top five eco-friendly vehicles to buy:



Tesla Model S: 

This left-hand-drive American vehicle – or right-hand-drive South African variant – is possibly the only car that can really rival the BMW i3 for power and style. The vehicle has one of the longest tank ranges on the market, with one tank allowing the vehicle to travel a total distance of 424 kilometres (265 miles). Furthermore, the car is no slouch with a 0-100km in 4.4 seconds. This eco-friendly vehicle is taking the world by storm and is already listed as one of the top electron volt (EV) car of the year finalists. 








Nissan Leaf: 

The Leaf is Nissan’s all-new electronic hatchback that offers drivers a range of more than 100 miles. Nissan describes the Leaf as the first medium-size practical electric vehicle that is affordable and motorists will want to use every day. The vehicle has distinctive front-end styling with a sharp upright V-shaped design with long LED headlamps that reflect blue, consuming less energy than conventional headlights. The vehicle has a fuel economy of over 100 miles per gallon and is the ideal city run-around, with enough power to transport you from point A to B, safely.







BMW i3: 

A classically stunning design by the German manufacturer – BMW – this fully electric i3 is the first vehicle to make use of a fully carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CERP) body frame. Although the vehicle is designed to be a city run-around, the car packs a punch, pushing out 170 BHP and accelerating from 0-100km/h in just under 8 seconds. The vehicle has a top speed of 150km/h and is the new stylish face of BMW. While the tank only has a range of 150 kilometres, this car will definitely keep you in style.











Ford C-Max: 

The Ford C-Max takes aim directly at the Toyota Prius hybrid. The car is a small and compact, but due to the extra weight in the engine; the vehicle is claimed to only get around 40 miles per gallon (both in city and freeway driving). The vehicle is comfortable, easy to drive and has a more sophisticated interior to the Ford’s previous attempt at a hybrid – the forgettable Escape Hybrid- and really showcases the American manufacturers willingness to design a vehicle to suit the driver’s needs and compete with other electric vehicles in the market.








Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: 

This is the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid vehicle. The car is powered by both a diesel engine – 2.4 litre turbo diesel engine, positioned on the vehicles front end, producing 315 BHP- and an electronic motor – 70BHP on the rear axle-.The official stats on the car show that it only produces 48g per kilometer of Co2, not bad for a vehicle that can do 0-100 in less than 6 seconds.







These are the top five eco-friendly vehicles to buy. These cars will not only help lower your carbon footprint, but save you money on petrol/diesel and vehicle maintenance. Ensure that the next car you buy is an electric one, as this is the future to cheap and affordable motoring.

Author Bio:
I am Greg Jones, a car lover and owner of the Tesla Model S hybrid vehicle. I am a busy person and as a result, I do not have time to visit the bank every month to pay off the vehicle, therefore I use an EFT payments order to ensure that I never miss a payment. This gives me peace of mind and allows me to focus on the more important things in life, like family, friends and work.

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