In this issue
 
Friday April 19 - Friday April 26 2013
Car-sharing and Carpooling

Buying a car is a huge investment, and many of us living in cities simply don't drive enough to justify the cost and hassles of owning a car. Yet we all still want the occasional convenience of driving a car to get us from point
A to point B. No wonder there’s been an increase in demand for car-sharing options like Autoshare and Zipcar.

Not only will your wallet be lighter when you choose car-sharing, the environment will thank you for it – fewer cards on the road mean less CO2
in the air. It’s estimated that every member of a car-sharing organization reduces their carbon footprint by as much as 1.2 tonnes of CO2 per year,
on average, as a result of changes in their new lifestyle.

For those whot live in communities where there are no car-sharing organizations, carpooling is an excellent alternative. Websites like www.carpool.ca and www.carpoolzone.smartcommute.ca assist in creating and managing carpools and helping commuters identify potential carpool partners.


What's the Best Green Car?

If you do choose to invest in your own car, it makes sense to go with
the most fuel-efficient car you can. In February, Natural Resources Canada announced their picks for the 2013 ecoEnergy Awards, which recognize
the most fuel-efficient new vehicles in 10 categories. The winners are:

  1. Two-seater: Smart Fortwo electric drive
  2. Subcompact car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  3. Compact car: Ford Focus Electric
  4. Midsize car: Nissan Leaf
  5. Full-size car: Tesla Model S
  6. Station wagon: Toyota Prius v
  7. Pickup truck: Toyota Tacoma
  8. Special purpose vehicle: Mazda CX-5
  9. Minivan: Mazda5
  10. Large van: Ford Transit Connect

For the first time in announcing the awards, a significant number of battery driven electric vehicles were among the winners.