Cleaner Cars Mean Cleaner Air, Less Global Warming Pollution and Less Dependence on Foreign Oil
Even a small change in how much you drive, the vehicle you drive, or the fuel you use can make a big difference to Maine’s air quality, global warming pollution, your health, your pocketbook and national energy independence.
Sometimes you can walk, ride your bike, carpool, or take a bus or train to get where you want to go, and that’s the best way to go.
But, when you need to drive, you can also choose a cleaner car. Cleaner cars can be fueled by gasoline, natural gas, propane, bio-diesel, ultra low sulphur diesel, or electric batteries. Hybrid cars use both gasoline and electric engines.
Cleaner cars emit far less air and global warming pollution than standard ones and use a lot less fuel, with many models achieving between 30-50 mpg.
Cleaner Cars for Maine Sticker Program
The Cleaner Cars for Maine Sticker Program is a labeling program that helps car buyers to find the cleanest and most fuel efficient vehicles available.
Almost every carmaker has some models that qualify. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine Auto Dealers Association and the Natural Resources Council of Maine developed this first-in-the-nation program in 1999.
To qualify for the program, a vehicle must be a certified “Low Emission Vehicle” (CALEV or better) that gets at least 30 miles per gallon.
Starting in 2009, about 11 percent of new cars sold in Maine were either hybrid gas-electric or new clean-burning gasoline-powered cars as a result of legislation supported by NRCM that was signed into law by Governor Baldacci in 2005.
Links to related web sites:
www.fueleconomy.gov – Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy – find and compare clean cars, fuel economy and more!
www.mainehybrids.com– Hosted by Lee Auto Malls – all about hybrids in Maine – where to buy new and used.
www.eere.energy.gov– Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center – information on alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them.