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You no longer need to be a CEO to have priority parking

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by Angie Aller

Remember the days when you would pull up to the office and all the good spaces were reserved for the CEO, the employee of the month, etc., well now you can have preferred parking too all you need is a hybrid.

Back in 2009, the New York Times wrote an article about preferred parking popping up in certain locations for those with hybrid vehicles, 2 years later we have all seen the signs.

One of the major reasons companies as Whole Foods, Home Depot, Office Depot and Ikea are adopting the “Parking for fuel efficient vehicles” is that they get 3 points towards their LEED certification.   (a total of 40 points are needed to be LEED certified).

Becoming “Green” friendly is not an easy task and many stores and companies are feeling the backlash from customers and employees.  Have we gone to far is reserving spaces , for the handicapped, the elderly, the expecting mothers, and now the fuel efficient cars just to much?

Personally I love the idea, huge surprise right!  I think if we can assist the expecting mother, the elderly, and the handicapped why not the planet we all live in, we all know it could use the help.  I have been looking at a pries myself, not a car kind of gal currently sporting a Jeep, but i can really get use to feeling good while I’m driving, not to mention the perks, here are the ones I found:

  • No more paying tolls (in many states, but not all)
  • Free public parking in some major cities
  • Considerable Tax breaks!!!
  • Save money on fuel
  • Longer factory warranties
  • Less pollution
  • Cash incentives by state including (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah)
  • Preferred parking, of course ;)

There are many sites with great information about how a hybrid is made more efficient and even on the production process and the technology behind them.

Some interesting facts about hybrids include:

  • Hybrids produce 80% less harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases than their gasoline counterparts.
  • Generate their own electricity via wheel movement
  • Produce 82,560 of carbon dioxide vs. 119,840 during a life spam of 160,00 miles per vehicle.

So if any of the above are desired perks for you, then go out their and start test driving your hybrid of choice Honda, Ford, Toyota, Lexus, GMC, and Chevrolet are just of few of the ones out there.

Me I’m going with the Toyota Prius :)

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