More California Lawmakers Driving 'Green'

With Nunez at the forefront, more state legislators choose hybrids as official vehicles. They're statement cars now, an image consultant says.

Published: 20-Jan-2007

SACRAMENTO — If you are what you drive, California lawmakers are a newly green bunch.

They're swapping gas-sucking sport utility vehicles for gas-sipping hybrids as their official state cars.

Now that the lease on his Ford Explorer has expired, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez (D-Los Angeles) is driving a Toyota Prius. At least 38 of his fellow members also have chosen hybrids; only 10 have requested nonhybrid SUVs as their taxpayer-subsidized wheels.


Volkswagen Jetta diesel beats Toyota Prius hybrid in 500 test drive between Ann Arbor and Washington, D.C.

Average diesel consumption for these two cars is 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres, with 90 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometre, a 25 percent improvement over comparable gasoline-electric hybrid systems.

The two-mode hybrid technology allows for fuel optimization, especially during highway driving at higher speeds.


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