AAA Supports Green Driving

November 18, 2010

In this month’s Via magazine, which is put out by AAA, there is an article titled ‘AAA Plugs Into the Future’. It talks about the various ways in which they support “green driving”, and are preparing for an increase in battery-powered cars.

Here are some interesting tidbits from the article:

  • The electric car has been “the car of the future” for 100 years. When Henry Ford began making Model T’s, his wife Clara was driving a Detroit Electric. I had no idea electric cars even existed back then!
  • In the coming months, a few automakers (Nissan, GM, Ford), will release battery-powered plug-in vehicles.
  • J.D. Power & Associates projects that as many as 225,000 electric cars will be sold each year in the U.S. by 2015.
  • Fuel economy standards were recently raised for automakers.
  • There are federal tax breaks for early adopters of electric cars.
  • AAA launched a “green driving” initiative – AAA Greenlight – back in 2005.
  • AAA began buying hybrid company cars in 2006. They now use a larger percentage of hybrids than any other major private commercial fleet.
  • This month, AAA is partnering with Coda Automotive, a California-based electric car company whose zero-emissions cars can go about 100 miles on a single charge. AAA will provide roadside service to Coda customers.
  • AAA is preparing their service network to handle challenges electric cars present, such as battery charges.

As a proud member of AAA, I’m glad to hear they are a supporter of alternative-fuel technology. As someone who drives out-of-town a lot, and is interested in owning a hybrid someday, I appreciate that they are doing their part to make alternative vehicles more viable.

For more information on AAA’s Greenlight program, and how they are trying to create a greener future, visit their website. (


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