Lou Ann Hammond Skypes on MSNBC about automobile hybrids

Lou Ann Hammond Skypes on MSNBC about automobile hybrids

Hybrids, electric cars, partial zero emission vehicles (PZEV). Lou Ann Hammond skypes with Alex Witt from MSNBC about future vehicles and vehicles you can buy that are as clean on evaporative emissions as hybrids.

What about the person that isnt ready to buy a hybrid?

Are there gasoline cars that are just as clean as a hybrid?

Yes, if a car is rated PZEV it is as clean on the environment as the cleanest hybrid. In fact, some hybrids are not PZEV, so check your hybrid green rating before you buy.

What is PZEV?
PZEV stands for partial zero emissions vehicle. If you car is the ultimate clean hybrid it’s rating will be AT-PZEV, which means advanced technology. That advanced technology means it has a nickel metal hydride battery (NiMH) that may cost thousands to replace.

So what cars are PZEV?

2009 Ford Focus
2.0-liter, 4-speed auto PZEV – 24 city/33 hwy
2.0-liter, 5-speed manual PZEV – 24 city/35 hwy
Federal Emissions (tailpipe/evaporation)
Tier 2 Bin 4 / LEV II
California Emissions States (tailpipe/evaporation)
SULEV / PZEV rating – 9.5
starting at $14,995

2009 Hyundai Elantra
2.0L 4 cyl. with a 4-speed automatic PZEV – 25 city/33 hwy
2.0L 4 cyl. with a 4-speed manual PZEV – 24 city/33 hwy
California Emissions States (tailpipe/evaporation)
SULEV / PZEV rating – 7
$13,395

Mazda Mazda3
28 / 35
PZEV/9.5
$13,795

Mercedes-Benz

Nissan Altima

Subaru

What about gas vs. hybrids?

There are two PZEV gasoline cars that you can also purchase as a hybrid, the Honda civic vs the civic hybrid and the Toyota camry vs. the camry hybrid. I just drove a civic hybrid that cost $25,000. The difference in mpg is about 2 miles but you save about $7,000 if you buy the gasoline version.

2009 Toyota Camry gasoline PZEV
2.0-liter, 4-speed auto PZEV – 21 city/31 hwy
2.0-liter, 5-speed manual PZEV – 24 city/35 hwy
Federal Emissions (tailpipe/evaporation)
Tier 2 Bin 4 / LEV II
California Emissions States (tailpipe/evaporation)
SULEV / PZEV rating – 9.5
starting at $14,995

The camry hybrid gives you 12 miles than the gasoline version of the camry but costs about $7,000 more than the gasoline version.

Honda Civic gasoline PZEV

Honda Civic hybrid PZEV
California Emissions States (tailpipe/evaporation)
SULEV / PZEV rating – 9.5
40city /45hwy
starting at $23,550

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.