It’s been a great year for Hyundai, and we’re only five months in! But I just heard that the Hyundai Accent GLS was named one of the “Best Green Cars” by AAA! I guess that means their year just got AWESOME!
If you’re not familiar with the whole ‘green’ car thing, let me tell you why it’s actually pretty great. We all need to drive, but the emissions from the large number of cars on the road lead to some pretty serious consequences: Greenhouse gasses, global warming, smog and even noise pollution. Car manufacturers have been working hard across the board to make sure that newer cars have less of a carbon footprint, have better fuel economy and, ultimately, run more efficiently and quietly. Overall, it makes for a better driving experience and, in turn, it helps the planet by decreasing the damage that cars do to the environment on a daily basis. Let’s look at some statistics!
“The advanced electronics in today’s vehicles can optimize gear shifting for improved fuel efficiency. Six-, 7-, and 8-speed automatic transmissions are now available, with even more gears being added to newer models. Continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) can change seamlessly through an infinite number of gears. Transmissions with more gears allow the engine to run at its most efficient speed more often, improving fuel economy.”
“Reducing a vehicle’s aerodynamic drag (wind resistance) improves fuel economy, especially at higher speeds. Many manufacturers are improving aerodynamics by refining vehicle shapes or by using external moving parts such as “shutters” that close off the grill, allowing air to flow smoothly around the vehicle instead of into the engine compartment where it produces more drag.”
“Reducing vehicle weight improves fuel economy. Manufacturers are beginning to redesign vehicles to weigh less while maintaining performance and safety. One way to do this is by replacing a steel body with a lighter-weight material, such as aluminum, which can reduce vehicle weight by hundreds of pounds.”
Phew! That’s not even the most comprehensive list of what a green car has to offer you! If you’ve been thinking about upping your ‘green’ game, stop by Hyundai of Athens today and check out the 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS. The environment will thank you for it.