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4 Eco-Friendly Vehicle Myths BMW is Busting

Whether you’re scooting through urban rush hour traffic or zooming down the open desert highway, you may be stuck with preconceived notions if you’re planning to do it in an eco-friendly vehicle. BMW is busting several of the myths surrounding green vehicles with its lineup of innovative and earth-friendly cars that are either already racking up sales at dealerships that are catering to the green-friendly community like Chapman BMW, or coming soon to a highway near you. Here are a few eco-friendly vehicle myths BMW is smashing to bits.

Eco-Friendly Has to Be Electric

When folks put the words "eco-friendly" and "vehicle" in the same sentence, they often think the sentence also has to include the words hybrid or electric. That’s not the case at all for the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics sedan, which runs on good old-fashioned diesel. Not only does the oil-burning vehicle outperform some hybrids with its overall 60 mpg, but it emits less than 110g/km of carbon dioxide, HybridCars.com reports. It is also already raking in honors, specifically the Vauxhall Ampera Green Award offered by WHATCAR? for being the Green Car of the Year for 2012.

Eco-Friendly Has to Be Heavy

One of the usual detriments of electric motors is the massive weight of the battery packs, something that can really slog down a vehicle’s performance. Again, BMW steps up to the plate with options that keep the vehicles well below the 4,000 pounds some eco-friendly rides have been known to attain. The answer is lightweight carbon fiber, which BMW is using in the bed construction of certain vehicles. The i3 and i8 are two of those vehicles that are being used as test subjects for the material, according to PlugInCars.com.

The lighter platform, in turn, means the vehicles can run on a smaller battery pack, reducing the poundage even further. The i3, for example, is getting a 22-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which PlugInCars.com says is comparatively small and lighter than those used in other eco-friendly vehicles.

Eco-Friendly Has to Be Bland

It may seem like some eco-friendly vehicles are trying to sell on their eco-merits alone, with little attention paid to the finer details. That’s not what has driven BMW sales in the past, and that’s certainly not the case for the earth-happy vehicles going forward. An impressive case in point comes in the form of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, according to MotorTrend.com.

This baby comes complete with a multi-color head-up display, an infotainment screen, and a panoramic sunroof that allows you to push a button to adjust its transparency. The typical instrument cluster is out, replaced by a 10.3 inch screen you can customize.

Add the eDrive system that offers driving tips for more efficient driving based on the terrain and a “Seismic Surf” game back-seat passengers can play via an iPad app and the vehicle is anything but bland. And that’s only the vehicle’s interior. Step outside and find a futuristic vibe with the angular headlights, aggressive airdams on front bumper, and the notable BMW twin-kidney grille.

Eco-Friendly Has to Be Expensive

Well, it is BMW, after all. This myth may stand. One of the most exotic vehicles in the lineup, the i8 plug-in hybrid, is expected to run some $122,000, PlugInCars.com says. But BMW is not known for skimping when it comes to style or performance, so motorists may expect to get their money’s worth. The i8 does, after all, hit zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds. The i3 will be a less expensive option. Although no price was yet noted by the automaker, a German magazine put the cost between $45,000 and $50,000.

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Cindy Perez - Unfortunate circumstances led Cindy to her knowledge of cars. Her car broke down on the way home from finalizing a divorce. She didn't have the funds to go to a mechanic and couldn't call her ex. She looked through the manual and changed the car's spark plugs on her own and since then, she hasn't turned back.