Purchase a Green Vehicle, Save the Planet and Your Pocket

If you live in LA, your car is your second home, it gets you through unbearable rush hour traffic, long commutes to and from work, and to desirable rush hour traffic, long commutes to and from work, and to desirable destinations where public transportations cannot take you. Although LA has made progress in bringing public transportation to the sprawling metropolis, there are still many communities that remain excluded from efficient and reliable public transportation. 

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Although the greenest mode of transportation is to bike or walk, this form of transportation is not possible for everyone. Therefore, it is important to address other ways to make your transportation "green". By switching from a normal passenger vehicle to a green one you can save both the planet and your pocket. 

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Calling a vehicle "green" can be rather ambiguous. What exactly makes said vehicle "green"? Broadly speaking, a vehicle is green when it is more efficient and less polluting than a typical passenger vehicle. Automobile pollution is such rampant form of pollution because it is always around you. It is in the air you breathe whether you are at work, school, home and just about everywhere else. 

Typical passenger vehicles emit large amounts of Co2 from their tailpipe. Other gases such as methane and nitrous oxide are also found in automobile exhaust. These gases are greenhouse gases (GHG's), a recognized principal cause of climate change. As a driver, by opting for a "green" vehicle you are making a choice that will improve human health and global environmental conservation. 

There are many different types of green vehicle options to meet each individual's brand, style, and cost preference. Some of the most common vehicles in the green vehicle market are partial zero emission vehicles (PZEV), electric vehicles (EV), and plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).  

PZEV have zero evaporative emissions from their fuel systems, EV are powered by electricity and can be plugged in at home or public charging stations, and PHEV is powered by electricity and gasoline. The amount of gasoline that you use with a PHEV depends on how often you plug your vehicle in. 

Not everyone may be able to afford a "green vehicle" and that is okay. The most environmentally friedn;y form of transportation is powered by human energy: walking, cycling, etc. Public transportation such as taking the bus, subway, or train as well as carpooling/vanpooling are other sustainable forms of transportation. 

Although a fuel efficient vehicle may initially be a little more expensive, the amount of money that you save paying for gas redeems this initial higher cost. Not to mention, you are paying a slightly higher price for cleaner air and a cleaner environment. 

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Spending a lot of time in the car producing smoggy emissions not only depletes our environment but also, our wallet. On average, passenger vehicles receive about 25 miles per gallon (mpg) attributing to the common moniker "gas guzzlers". On the other hand, green vehicles on average receive 50 mpg. 

By switching from a 25 mpg vehicle to a 50 mpg vehicle, you will use approximately half of the amount of gas that a 25 mpg vehicle uses per year. This means saving a lot more trips to the gas station and more money. 

Green vehicles and sustainable transit are the face of future transporation. The environemtn and human hea;th has been adversely affected by vehicles emitting air pollution for too many years. The future of transportation is green. we can all do our part to support it by engaging in more sustainble forms of transportation. 

Julia Gutierrez