Buying a new car is the best way to really make an impact on pollution and your carbon footprint. Here are a few tips for finding the cleanest, most efficient cars available.
Buy Cars with the Highest Ratings
Before you hit the lot, compare Greenhouse Gas and Smog Ratings for the vehicles you are considering. The Fuel Economy and Environment Label gives each car two ratings from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) for smog and greenhouse gas emissions.
Typically, the higher the Greenhouse Gas Rating the less fuel you'll burn, saving you money at the pump.
Cars with a Smog Rating of 8 or better meet California's strictest emissions standards, so the less you'll be contributing to that nasty smog in the air.
Even within the same make and model, Smog and Greenhouse Gas ratings can vary. So with a little homework you can find the best car for your family, save money and make a big difference in your contribution to pollution. Search Vehicles >
Explore Advanced Technology Vehicle Options
Car buyers have many more choices these days in vehicle technology. There is now a much larger variety of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), propane and E85 vehicle models to choose from, making it very easy to find something that fits your lifestyle. Better yet, these new technology vehicles can offer terrific benefits and incentives, and they are part of California's solution to improve air quality, prevent global warming, and increase energy security. Check out the Advanced Technology Vehicle Guide for a quick comparison of the different vehicle technologies and fuels. Search Advance Technology Vehicles >