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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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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

08/14/2014

A new study shows that emergency communications that don't specify the threat could be doing more harm than good.

08/13/2014

Natural light's benefits to workers extend far beyond the workday.

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