6 Best Places In South Florida To Buy An Eco-Friendly Car
Tired of shelling out for gas and harming the planet in the process? It may be time to go electric. Fortunately, South Florida is a popular spot for car shoppers to find eco-friendly luxury cars.
Stop by these six local dealerships and see if you can find the electric—or hybrid—whip of your dreams.
Karma Palm Beach
A revamped version of Fisker’s Karma, the 2018 Karma Revero is one of the most luxurious hybrid cars on the market. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery for up to 50 miles, at which point a gas-powered generator engages to power the remainder of the journey. According to Karma, “If you drive less than 50 miles per trip, you may never buy gas again. [Some] will buy less than a gallon of gas for every 100 miles driven. We are not perfect, but we do what we can to produce an ecologically sensitive product.” The Karma Revero has a total range of 300 miles and the base vehicle price is $130,000.
2345 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.408.8222; karmawestpalmbeach.com
Perhaps the best-known eco-friendly car option on the market today, Tesla has taken the auto industry by storm in recent years by producing consumer-friendly, fully electric vehicles. Now with four models on the road—the original Model S, the SUV-sized Model X, the famously affordable Model 3 and the discontinued Roadster—there are plenty of ways to hit the road without hurting the environment. Ecologically conscious car shoppers can browse Tesla selection in two local brick-and-mortar locations: the Tesla showroom at The Gardens Mall or the Tesla store in Riviera Beach.
4651 Dyer Blvd., Riviera Beach; 561.841.9281; tesla.com/findus/location/service/westpalmbeach
3101 PGA Blvd., Store Q-215, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.530.5179; thegardensmall.com/directory/tesla
Coggin BMW Treasure Coast
BMW’s iSeries is a line of luxury all-electric cars. The two vehicles in the category include the i3 all-electric car and the i8 plug-in hybrid car. The sleek BMW i8 comes in both coupe and convertible body styles, while the i3 is a sedan-style car that comes at a more affordable price. Look for the iconic blue outline highlighting BMW’s iSeries cars to know for sure that the ride is playing nice with the planet.
4429 US Highway 1, Fort Pierce; 772.410.5155; cogginbmw.com
Jaguar Palm Beach
At Jaguar Palm Beach, settle into a new i-Pace, Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV. With a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), you’ll never need to fill up at a gas station again. One full charge provides a range of up to 234 miles, and the car can receive a 0 to 80 percent charge in just 85 minutes. The dealership is also home to Aston Martin and McLaren, so you’ll find no shortage of luxurious auto options.
915 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561.659.6206; jaguarpalmbeach.com/i-pace
While Lexus has not yet released a fully electric car, JM Lexus offers a variety of luxurious, environmentally minded vehicles. The new 2019 Lexus ES is the most fuel-efficient luxury vehicle without a plug, delivering class-leading EPA mileage numbers of 43 miles per gallon in the city and 45 on the highway. A new fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System couples an ultra-efficient four-cylinder gas engine with a lighter, more power-dense electric motor and self-charging hybrid system.
5350 W. Sample Road, Margate; 954.972.2200; jmlexus.com
Local Toyota Dealers
A Toyota Prius may not be the definition of luxury, but add enough upgrades and you can be cruising the streets in high style. One of the first hybrid cars to go mainstream, the Toyota Prius has been helping the planet for almost two decades. It’s one of the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicles without a plug, with an EPA-estimated 58 city (53 highway) mile-per-gallon fuel economy. For 2018, the Prius is offered in seven model grades, each equipped with safety features like a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert and intelligent park assist, which uses ultrasonic wave sensors to automatically steer into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.
16 dealership locations throughout the tri-county area
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