Compared to most countries in Europe, vehicle and gasoline taxes are low enough in the US that until recently, few people were interested in fuel efficient cars. These days the buzz is all about hybrid engine technology, which produces cars like the Toyota Prius line as well as large SUV’s like the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. We have gotten used to large houses, large refrigerators, and large vehicles—even hybrids.
Even though I am a motor head, we have elected to live in a walkable community that allows us to manage our life with one family car… a mid-size, but spacious 30 MPG station wagon. But my weakness is my older model Porsche 911 Cabrio for those nice spring days. Every time I drive it, I am reminded that sport cars integrate key sustainable design elements that make them as efficient as the Prius: