Save Money With a Fuel-Efficient Car

Improved fuel economy saves you cash every time you fill your tank!

Fuel efficiency is an enormous financial consideration when buying a car. In fact, buying a car that is 10 miles per gallon more efficient in terms of fuel consumption than another option you may be interested in can save you as much as $10,000 over the time you own the car.

When shopping for your next car, one of your very first questions should be, “What kind of fuel economy does it get?” Gas prices are so unpredictable that it is essential that you prepare yourself for escalating prices by making fuel economy your number one priority – so you can make driving a not-so-guilty pleasure again!

Selecting a fuel-efficient car

  • Here’s an example from fueleconomy.gov: A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $610 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $2.44). Over a period of five years, the 30-MPG vehicle will save you $3,050. Now that’s a good chunk of change!
  • There are also fuel cost and savings calculators that can be used to help you make an informed decision when buying your new fuel-efficient vehicle.

A good place to start is online at fueleconomy.gov where you can review the mileage and emissions ratings of all the vehicles currently for sale.

Another good site is edmunds.com, which also carries the EPA mileage figures on the “Specs” page of each auto.

If you’re tired of emptying your wallet every time you fill up below is a list of cars that are rated the most fuel-efficient by Consumer Reports. These gas sippers listed below are also easy on the wallet.

  • Ford Fiesta SFE
  • Mitsubishi I-MIEV
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Civic HF
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Mazda 3

Driving a fuel-efficient vehicle not only will save you money on gas, but such a decision has other, broader benefits, too. It reduces oil dependence costs, reduces climate change and increases energy sustainability. Clearly, it’s a decision you can feel good about!

If you are ready to purchase that new fuel-efficient car, your local credit union offers affordable and competitive financing options on both new and used automobiles. Some credit unions will even give a discount for fuel-efficient cars, for vehicles with a 40-highway mpg rating or higher. So you will save on interest while you’re saving on gas.

New Electric Car Charger Cuts Down Recharging Time

Hybrid vehicles have become increasingly popular in the U.S. since Toyota launched the Prius some time ago. The skyrocketing price of gasoline has driven American car buyers to opt for these fuel efficient vehicles which can run as much as 50 miles on a single gallon of gasoline.

In response to the demand for hybrid vehicles, car manufacturers are looking for ways to add another feature to the already fuel efficient hybrid vehicle. The plug-in technology has already been knocking on the doors of the auto industry. This technology allows hybrid cars to be recharged from an ordinary household socket. This means that the battery pack integrated into the car to power the electric motor can be conveniently recharged and there is adequate power on call from the battery.

Aside from hybrid electric cars, there are also full time electric vehicles using the plug-in technology.

Pioneering in the manufacture of electric cars is ZAP. This company has given American motorists with a choice of electric cars which are categorized as zero emission vehicles. This means that the cars from ZAP do not produce greenhouse gases which contribute to even greater global warming.

The three wheeled vehicles from ZAP are equipped with plug-in technology. Normally, electric cars need up to six hours to fully charge its battery pack. This means that you can charge your electric car while you are sleeping at night and wake up with your ZAP electric car juiced up and ready to go.

But developments in the auto industry is constant, and ZAP has announced that they are offering an electric car charger which cuts down charging time from hours to just thirty minutes.

The company said that the charger on the XEBRA, their electric car, can be configured to suit either a 110- or a 220-volt outlet. The revolutionary charger can provide up to 100 amps or 10,000 watts of electricity into the car. The company promises that the new charger will significantly increase the range of the XEBRA.

ZAP Chairman Gary Starr has this to say about the new charger: “This new charger can reduce your charge time from hours to minutes. Now you can drive your electric car all day with just a few short stops. In the time it takes to eat lunch you can hook your XEBRA up to the charger and have a full charge in less than an hour. Think of it as putting your XEBRA out to graze.”

The fact that the XEBRA is a zero emissions vehicle means that with its use, emission of greenhouse gases is limited to zero. This shows that there are technologies available today which can put a stop to global warming as effectively as an EBC pad works when stopping a vehicle. And with the technology for these cars growing steadily, the use of electric cars like the XEBRA will surely gain momentum.

Five Things To Expect From an Electric Car Charging Station

You’ve heard the “buzz,” but what can you really expect from an electric car charging station? Are you are seriously considering making the switch to an electric vehicle, but aren’t sure what to expect? How much time and money will it cost? Are there any other pieces of information that you need before you make the jump to an EV? These cars are wonderful alternatives to traditional gas-guzzlers, so take a look below for more information.

1. You can find an electric car charging station using websites and apps. As alternatives to gasoline-fueled cars become increasingly popular, more and more stations are popping up around the country and around the world.

2. There are three different types of cost plans for public stations: pay-as-you go, membership only, or free. Of course, these options are largely self-explanatory. If you travel often and to new locations, it might make sense to stock up on membership cards in order to be prepared for whatever you might find. However, some membership stations will allow you to pay per charge, though it will likely be more expensive. The free stations are often found on college campuses, though you may be required to pay a parking fee while you charge.

3. A normal membership fee is about $20 per month, and there may or may not be an activation fee. These are becoming more common than pay-as-you-go stations, which can cost around $3.50 per hour. Again, free stations, where you only pay the parking fee, are also becoming more common.

4. At a typical 120-volt electric car charging station, it takes about 10 hours to completely charge the battery of a hybrid and about 20 hours for a fully electric vehicle. Using a 240-volt station, it only takes about four hours for a hybrid and eight hours for an EV. Of course, if you don’t let the battery run too low, you won’t need to spend as much time at the station.

5. When you purchase an EV, you also need to get an electric car charging station for your home. Fortunately, the prices have gone down considerably as they have become more common, and it is possible to purchase the highly efficient 240-volt charger for as little as $395 from some companies. These once cost well over $1000.

Old-fashioned gasoline engines are still considered the norm, so having more information means being able to make more informed decisions. An electric car charging station is still a strange idea for many people to wrap their heads around, but now that you have an idea of what to expect, it shouldn’t be so scary.