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04/18/2013

10 Best Green Cars of 2013

 
With the push toward sustainable green solutions, is it time to prepare for hybrid and electric cars at your facility?

2013 Tesla Model S

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) has released its list of best green cars for 2013.  With electric vehicles, renewable energy, and sustainability constantly appearing on every facility manager’s menu at the moment, these vehicle options may be worthy to note.  Is it time to start preparing your parking structures and facilities to handle the influx of green options?  Is early adoption worth it?  Are the correct incentives in place?  These are questions that will have to be handled by each facility and building, but KBB’s listings are interesting nonetheless.

Here are some of the key vehicles featured in the 10 best.  For a full listing, check here.

2013 Nissan Leaf
You won't find an all-electric car that offers a better balance of range, practicality, refinement and value than the Leaf.  Nissan reduced the Leaf's starting price by $6,000 for 2013, so after the $7,500 federal tax savings, you can go all-electric for about $22,000.
City/highway/combined mpge: 130/102/116
Range: 75 miles

2013 Tesla Model S
One could argue that the 2013 Tesla Model S is the electric car most likely to gain mainstream success.  With blistering acceleration, distinct but tasteful styling, abundant interior space and an EPA-estimated 265-mile range, the Model S is among the coolest cars available, electric or otherwise.
City/highway/combined mpg: 88/90/89
Range: 265 miles

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid  
While the badge might convey traditional luxury, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a modern technological powerhouse on all fronts.  From the hybrid powertrain to the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system to the sleek, coupe-like profile, Lincoln's gas/electric mid-size sedan is as contemporary a vehicle we've seen from the automaker in a long time.
City/highway/combined mpg: 45/45/45

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
The first gas-electric Jetta is 1) a fun-to-drive European sedan that 2) returns 45 combined mpg and 3) starts under $26,000.  The Jetta Hybrid is a triple threat that lets you go green and have fun at once.
City/highway/combined mpg: 42/48/45

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid  
The Toyota Avalon is all-new for 2013 and, thanks to the available gas-electric hybrid powertrain, one of the newest members of the 40 mpg club.  If comfort per gallon were a thing, Avalon Hybrid might be king.
City/highway/combined mpg: 40/39/40

 

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04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
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