Yellow smart car parked on cobblestone street.

Smart Design, Smart Car

Smart cars are designed with an aim of minimizing their impact on the ecological balance. The designers also work hard to improve all the components using an economic perspective where they utilize recycled and sustainable materials. The engineers also look focus on the ability to disassemble the cars, which allows individual parts to be replaced where necessary. This allows the discarded parts to be recycled making the car more than 95 percent recyclable.

Smart cars are also designed to consume less fuel or use non-petrol, sustainable fuels, such as electricity, to reduce their emission of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Smart cars are designed to reduce the impact of automobiles on the environment. These cars are made small, lightweight, and fuel-efficient, which makes them environmentally responsible. The fact that each occupies a small space enhances sustainable city models.

Impact of cars on the environment

Car pollution is regarded as one of the main cause of global warming. Conventional automobiles emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. Vehicles also consume a lot of energy in the manufacturing process. Automotive pollutants cause both immediate and long-term impact on the environment as car exhaust emits a wide range of solid matter and gasses that are known to cause acid rain, and global warming, among other harmful environmental impacts. Noises from the engine and fuel spills are also forms of pollution to the environment.

Fuel cost is always significant, and the impact of exploitation of fuel to power automobiles has a large eco impact. 

What are unique features that make smart cars sustainable?

Smart cars contribute to keeping the environment clean and are cost effective and efficient. The increase in the fossil fuel prices has seen an increase in the demand for smart cars. Despite the overhead cost of acquiring a smart car being significant, it still proves to be cheaper than a conventional car in the end. There is social standing caché, as well—smart cars look cute and novel. Those who opt for these cars are concerned about the environment and their pocket. However, many consumers still do not understand the whole idea about smart cars because they do not know how the traditional automobiles affect the environment.

The insight below gives information on the various aspects of the smart cars that make them environment-friendly compared to traditional automobiles. Smart cars seem likely to be the future of driving as more jurisdictions feel the direct impact of traditional cars. 

Size

Smart cars are small in size and weight. The majority of smart cars are meant for two, which is half the size of the traditional cars.

Fuel efficiency

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its rating indicated that the smart car's fuel efficiency is 32 mpg when driving around the city and 39 mpg while on the highway. A majority of these cars are gasoline powered, which makes them suitable for a sustainable city model because of their size.

Safety Design

Small does not mean unsafe. Despite the size of the smart car, they pass the crash test conducted by independent insurance institute for highway safety (IIHS) giving them a 5/5-star rating. With such a high rating, the cars are pushing insurance companies into designing new products to cover the new niche. This creates an opportunity for smart car consumers to save on auto insurance.

Are electric cars smart?

The environmental impact of making electric cars may be higher than manufacturing the diesel used by gas-powered cars. However, the evaluation of whether the car is sustainable is based on the environmental impact that these diesel and gas automobiles have while being used. One has to factor in the resources used by the vehicles, their contribution to global warming, and other greenhouse gases emitted by the cars. When these factors are added, electric cars prove to be more sustainable compared to diesel and gas-powered cars.


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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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