With the dire state of the economy, as well global warming concerns, consumers are now more careful than ever with how they spend their money. The result of these concerns has been a rising interest in clean emissions cars — such as battery powered plug-in Hybrids — which produce no pollution, and use electricity that can cost lower than one quarter the price of gasoline.
However, while current low emissions cars have been boxy, awkward, and slow-moving, a new wave of low emissions sports cars will allow buyers to drive cleanly, cheaply, and with style.
The Cars
In the years to come, eco-friendly consumers will have a wide variety of eye-catching cars to choose from. One stunning example is the 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds. With a top speed of 204 mph, this sleek sports car also emits 70% less carbon dioxide by using bio-fuel. Another low-emission study model is the lightweight Honda OSM, or Open Study Model, which uses efficient engine technology for lower exhaust emissions, coupled with an aerodynamic design created for maximum speed. A third exciting competitor is the VW BlueSport Concept roadster, which weighs only 2600 lbs, and emits just 113g/km in harmful CO2 gases.
But along with updated designs and speed capabilities, other exciting conceptual breakthroughs are also being made. For example, take the new Lotus Eco Elise project, which presented a sports car built entirely of composite materials, solar panels, wool, and sustainable plant materials. Another tantalizing possibility is the Cadillac Converj Concept, which is appropriately being referred to as the “Cadillac” of electric cars. While this sports car will include the premium bells and whistles that are the hallmark of the Cadillac name, it also boasts an innovative new electric propulsion technology called “Voltec.” With this revolutionary technology, the Converj automatically switches to “extended-range” mode when the car battery’s energy is drained. In this second level of operation, the engine-generator ensures a constant supply of power for hundreds of miles, so the driver can comfortably reach a plug-in station before any threat of break down.
Savings on Auto Insurance
While the above cars will definitely carry a sports car price, auto insurance rates for low emissions sports cars may cost significantly less than those of standard gas-guzzling sports cars. Currently, as a nice incentive for driving “green,” certain insurance companies now offer clean emissions drivers with a 10% discount on auto insurance. Also, because hybrid owners have been estimated to be lower risk drivers, these reduced premiums are given as a sort of reward to the insured.
With super slick designs and powerful engines, as well as reduced costs for gas and auto insurance, low emissions sports cars appear to be the sensible option for stylish eco-friendly drivers.

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