Portland was named eighth in the top 10 U.S. cities for green car purchases by Chicago-based

Annually, they release a list of cities in the U.S. with the most eco-friendly car shoppers who purchase hybrid and electric. California appears on the list seven times, leading with San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

“With gas prices continuing to rise, car shoppers have more reason than ever to shop for eco-friendly cars,” says Joe Wiesenfelder,’s executive editor. “Not only do these high-efficiency cars save money at the pump, but they are also great for the environment.”

Hybrid cars save gas, are quieter and cleaner than conventional vehicles, and the government offers tax breaks for owners. The two motors use no energy when the car is idling, and the gas motor charges the battery while it’s running. Electric motors emit no exhaust, a 25 to 35 percent reduction compared to conventional cars according to

However, the electric battery is toxic: make sure to recycle it! Batteries are 99 percent recyclable. About 2 million batteries, or 3 percent, a year are thrown away instead of recycled in the U.S. Find a place to drop of batteries by zip code at Recyclingmybattery or Earth911. Remember, April is the Great Battery Roundup.

The electricity that charges these cars can also be detrimental to the environment. Depending on a city’s power source, electricity may be produced by coal or oil—overall, emitting just as much pollution as cars running on gas and diesel.

The best way to reduce emissions is to use public transportation, bike or walk. As for cars, small, fuel-efficient ones are the greenest route, regardless of power source unless your grid uses hydroelectricity, solar or wind.

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