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Green Energy Vehicles and Storm Concerns

If you're committed to green energy, recent storms will likely raise new issues to consider when you're deciding for or against purchasing a greener motor vehicle when you're car shopping. Use the tips below to include storm considerations that could impact your decision before you decide to purchase a greener vehicle.

Pay attention to ongoing debates about car safety of greener vehicles. While there are new ways of incorporating safety features into a car's body that are constantly being worked on, many believe that in order to make cars more environmentally friendly, some sacrifice on the sturdiness and resilience of the car's body is necessary.

Do thorough research to determine whether a specific green-energy vehicle model you're considering provides the safety you need from your vehicle.

Look for new developments in the ways electric cars can be used. Already auto manufacturers are discussing ways to adapt electric cars so that they can function as a generator for homes in the event of power outages.

Always consider the price of green technology. For instance, while current technology promises that electric cars will be usable as home generators sooner rather than later, the technology promises to be more expensive than simply purchasing a home generator.

One of the benefits of owning hybrid vehicles is the reduced need for traditional fuel. In the aftermath of storms, fuel availability from service stations is frequently interrupted, causing long lines for fuel or the prices are raised. Hybrid vehicles are frequently helpful in terms of coping with interruptions in fuel availability.

If you're shopping for a hybrid vehicle consider the size of the fuel tank. While many hybrids provide for higher mileage, the smaller fuel tank can cut into the benefits of reducing the need to refuel in the event of a storm. There are only a few models that don't reduce the size of their fuel tanks which offsets the benefits of getting more mileage in terms of reducing your need to refuel.

In the aftermath of recent storms, consider reports of electric or electric hybrid vehicles that are vulnerable to fire after exposure to storms and flooding situations. While many of the causes for such fires is under investigation by the car companies, the risk of fire when a vehicle is exposed to flood waters is an important consideration for car buyers.

Purchasing cars with diesel engines is usually considered more environmentally friendly than gasoline-run cars because of the reduced impact on the environment of refining fuel and also because they provide better gas mileage than gasoline-run cars. While there is still pollution associated with diesel engines and the fuel itself can be slimier to deal with when you're filling up at the pump, reliability of diesel engines supports their continued use.

When it comes to coping with stormy weather, your vehicle decision should include how your vehicle will fare in extreme weather. Use the suggestions above before purchasing your next vehicle to determine whether your commitment to green energy can be incorporated into storm considerations that could influence your car choice.