It is perhaps time to choose driving eco-friendly cars. Buying a brand-new car can be an exciting and at the same time daunting experience. Yes, you will be able to test some of the most technologically advanced cars in the market. However, choosing the right vehicle also means that you would have to think of other factors such as price and fuel efficiency.

While it’s true that they may be more expensive than regular cars, driving hybrid vehicles may be more cost-effective in the long run because of the following reasons:

  • Hybrid vehicles use engines that are designed to consume significantly less fuel.
  • They are built with lighter materials than regular cars, saving energy.
  • Hybrid cars fetch a higher resale value because people are now more mindful of the environment, and make more effort to care for the Earth.

Also, eco-friendly cars use diesel or gasoline internal-combustion engine with an electric motor and a battery pack. By using these dual-powered engines, eco-friendly cars not only use less fuel, they also produce less CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. These vehicles follow European emission standards – the latest standard is Euro 6 – which dictate the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions for diesel and gasoline vehicles. They are, then, guaranteed to be the most environment-friendly among all the rest.

Which eco-friendly car might be the right one for you? Check out the following:

2018 Peugeot 308

Unveiled in Europe in 2007, this compact car runs on a Euro 6 diesel engine that drastically reduces fuel consumption and the emission of CO2 and NOx (nitrogen oxides, which are harmful gases that can be found in air pollution), while eliminating 99.9 percent of the exhaust particles. In fact, this engine was awarded the 2014 Great Auto Environment Prize at the 10th Auto Environment MAAF 2014 awards. This latest model is available in hatchback and touring styles.

2018 Honda City

Consistently top-of-mind when it comes to being efficient in the use of fuel, the new Honda City model helps motorists deal with the recent spike in gas prices. The car buffs will understand–the 1.5-liter i-VTEC system (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) makes sure of this model’s low fuel consumption. The car also has an ECON mode, which adjusts vital systems that affect fuel economy, like the throttle, shift-mapping, and air-conditioning.

2018 Toyota Prius, 2018 Toyota Prius-C

The heavier the vehicle, the more fuel it uses up. That’s not a problem for the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Prius-C, which both run on Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive technology (HSD). Because these models are lighter than others, their aerodynamics are improved, which means they need less energy. The HSD technology they run on uses the VVT-i engine – a powerful combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor. Each of these models also has an eco-drive monitor for a real-time view of the car’s power and consumption and an energy monitor to track energy consumption. Given the special technology that controls both the Prius and the Prius-C, they are tailor-made for each customer. They are not made in bulk. Once a customer expresses intent, the local distributor begins the process of ordering the car from the Toyota HQ in Japan.

2017 Lexus CT 200h F Sport

Environmental activists have long said that electric cars are better than those that use only gasoline. The Lexus Hybrid Drive is one such car. It runs on a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that is also partially run by a pair of electric motors. It’s a “rechargeable” car that helps you minimize your carbon footprint. Interested? There are four drive modes to choose from: Normal, Eco, Sport, and Sport+.

2018 BYD Qin

BYD Global came up with a “green mobility” campaign and this plug-in hybrid compact sedan is one of the products of that vision. It can use either its turbocharged engine or its powerful electromotor; when both are used at the same time, the Qin runs like a car on steroids, but one that is easy on the Earth. To order one, call the BYD showroom nearest you and have your name put on the waiting list as the Qin is currently out of stock locally.

Now, as you go out and test drive your environmentally sound car, make sure you have all the security you need to go anywhere.

UCPB GEN Motor Insurance provides a full range of benefits and protection for you to feel secure while you take your eco-friendly ride anywhere in the Philippines. The UCPB GEN Motor Insurance covers damage to or loss of an insured vehicle, among other things, and it provides medical expense reimbursement for you and your passengers. Find out more here.


The author of this article contributed in their own personal capacity. All data provided here are for informational purposes only. The views expressed are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of UCPB General Insurance Company Inc.