How well do you know green cars?

Does your neighbor have that cleaner-than-thou attitude as he climbs into his plug-in electric hybrid BMW X5 SUV?

Well, he isn’t all that special.

You can get twice the mileage with an electric car that’s half the price, and release 75% less global warming pollution. Here in Oregon, if we pass the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill, electric cars will account for even less pollution.

If you’re in the market for the cleanest electric, hybrid or gas-sipping car that meets your needs, check out these resources:
carsComparison shopping?
Fueleconomy.gov lets you do a side-by-side comparison of cars for both gas mileage and tailpipe emissions.

Choosing an electric vehicle? Find out which plug-in vehicles best match your driving style.

Worried about climate? If your car is plug-in electric, this calculator uses your zip code to factor in emissions from your
electricity mix.

Wondering about new technology terms? Umbra from Grist does a great job of explaining what PZEV and SULEV mean. And—thanks, Umbra!—her first piece of advice for eco-conscious consumers is “drive less!

Even if you don’t drive, here are three reasons to explore these resources:

  • Get the jargon to out-mansplain any car-obsessed friend
  • Gain new respect (or disdain) for your neighbor’s car
  • See hopeful progress towards a clean energy future

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