The Prius comes with one extra feature:
This is because when you drive your Prius you know that you're helping to reduce our appetite for fossil fuels. You're also helping to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. CO2 or Carbon Dioxide is the gas primarily responsible for producing the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is increasing the temperature of the planet right now. If we don't reduce our CO2 emissions, we will not be able to stop climate change. Climate change will affect everybody.
I used to drive a 1999 BMW 318i [E46]. I also drove approximately 30 000 km per year. This means that my car spewed out about 4 836 kilograms of CO2 per year! A Prius driven the same distance would only have produced about 2 395 kilograms of CO2 per year!! That's 50% less.
It is possible to offset your CO2 elsewhere however. Allow me to explain.
Let's say I produce 5000 kg of CO2 per year with my car. At the same time I also build a wind turbine that produces electricity. If that wind turbine can produce the same amount of electricity cleanly, that would normally have resulted in the emission of 5000 kg of CO2 per year, the net effect on atmospheric CO2 levels is ZERO.
This is the idea behind Terrapass. From as little as $29.95 per year (R225.00) you're essentially turning your car into a ZERO emission vehicle. Terrapass will ensure that your CO2 emissions are offset elsewhere by investing in renewable energy sources. They are third party audited and verified. You really are making a difference.
It doesn't matter where your South African CO2 emissions are offset. It's the balance that's important. The earth only has one atmosphere and we better take care of it.
You don't have to drive a hybrid to reduce your CO2 footprint. Just follow three simple rules