In 2013, the Motor Trend Car of the Year award was given to a surprising new company that promised to change the way we perceived cars forever.
The car was awarded for being the quickest four-door in the country, and for being the most agile and responsive vehicle around. But what made this car special wasn’t how fast and nimble or even good looking it was, but rather how it worked. This surprising winner was the Tesla Model S, an all-electric car made in California.
The sleek design, super-fast pick up and remarkable features convinced many that the electric engine is here to stay. In fact, the trend of combustion engines being replaced by electric motors has just begun. Tesla distributes its electric cars in 4 countries, but they aren’t the only ones - many other well-established names, such as BMW and Toyota, are trying to get in on the action.
Every single car manufacturer is at least entertaining the notion of building electric or hybrid cars. It seems the demand for a green vehicle is substantial. As the world battles environmental issues and consumers become more aware of their own impact on the planet, the need for green means of transport is only set to grow.
But exactly how green are these electric and hybrid vehicles? A look into the factories of some of the key players in this revolution may reveal some dirty little secrets.