April 22, 2014 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day worldwide. What started as optimistic hopes of a flower-power culture in the United States has grown into a mainstream sensibility that we are all mere passengers on this planet and have a responsibility to care for it.
Earth Day Then and Now
In 1970, Americans used leaded gasoline to fuel V-8 engines powering steel cars manufactured in automobile plants freely and legally belching pollutants into the air. Today, nothing from that list appears anywhere on our landscape.
The Earth Day Network has designated Earth Day 2014 to emphasize its Green Cities campaign. This multi-pronged approach includes focusing on improving transportation, to make it more environmentally friendly. The Network seeks to improve emission standards in all areas of transportation. Some 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, with road vehicles responsible for roughly 75 percent of that.
Another focus for Earth Day 2014 is increasing mileage standards for road vehicles. With a projected 1.3 billion cars worldwide by 2020, every increase in mileage reduces greenhouse gases and extends limited resources.
Improving emission standards and increasing miles-per-gallon (MPG) standards are easily obtainable goals if you consider the environmentally friendly choices Kia offers. When you use your economic power to shop wisely at Burlington Kia, you show your support for ecological sustainability.
Kia Optima Hybrid
The Kia Optima Hybrid has been delivering 34 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highways around Burlington for a while now, with a lot of satisfied fans. Its 2.4-liter, 159 horsepower, four-cylinder gasoline engine squeezes every drop of energy out of a fill-up. But switching to the lithium polymer battery drops fuel consumption to zero and keeps you moving on down the road to greener tomorrows.
Arriving this spring, the Kia Optima Hybrid 2014 will make your Burlington neighbors green with ecological envy. Switching effortlessly between its 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and its lithium batteries, the car knows when to deliver environmentally friendly electric vehicle (EV) power and when to give you the get-up-and-go you want for highway merges and snappy acceleration.
Kia Soul EV
Arriving this fall, the Kia Soul EV (electric vehicle) has a high-tech battery, motor and gear drive to give you the lively driving experience you want while bringing your greenhouse gas emissions on the road down to zero. Plug in, charge up, and drive away. No need for special electric charging stations either since the Kia Soul EV can plug in anywhere.
The Kia Soul EV has a motor delivering 109 horsepower in near silence. With 210 foot pounds of torque and the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior while still plugged in, this earth-friendly car will get you where you want to go in style and comfort. Don’t think you can wait until the fall? Check out the current line of Kia Soul at Burlington Kia.
Extending the useful life of a purchase helps the earth, too. Are you getting the most out of everything you buy? Buy a Kia with its 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty and you know you are investing in an ecologically sound automobile. Any Kia, whether electric, hybrid, or conventionally powered, is built to last. Driving a Kia for 10 years or more saves thousands of pounds of raw materials over replacing an old car every two or three years. Fuel efficient Kia cars also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower your carbon footprint.
To learn more about Kia’s role in a greener earth, contact us at Burlington Kia today.