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Considering a coal-powered car?

Chrysler 200 Ann Arbor MIHere in Michigan, slightly more than half our electricity is generated from coal. That means if you drive an electric car or a plug-in hybrid and are recharging it overnight, it’s powered partly by that dirty fossil fuel.

Here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor we understand your environmental concerns. We know you recycle, use CFLs in your light fittings, and walk or bike whenever you can — so we think you should also know about the question marks over coal-powered cars.

Electricity is a more efficient source of motor power than internal combustion, and an electric car has no tailpipe emissions. But the picture changes when you look at the life-cycle impact. Norwegian researchers have concluded that “greenhouse gas emissions rose dramatically” if coal is used to produce the electricity. If you’re not sold on hybrids, perhaps we could suggest an alternative: a conventionally-powered but economical vehicle that’s assembled nearby.

The Chrysler 200 is an upscale sedan and is built in Sterling Heights, so there’s no environmental impact from shipping. It gets 21 mpg city/29 highway from a frugal, 2.4 liter engine, and emits at the rate of 376 grams of CO2 per mile. The Jeep Compass and its sister, the Patriot, are other options. Maybe you’ve never thought of Jeeps as green, but they are getting 23 mpg city/30 highway and have just 346 grams of emissions per mile, all thanks to a 2.0 liter engine and manual transmission. The shipping impact is minimal, too, since these Jeeps are built in Belvidere, Il.

We’re not anti-electric here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, but we also know coal power can be harmful to the environment. That’s why we’re happy to offer vehicles that keep green factors in mind.