Money-Saving, Eco-Friendly Cars Showcased at Miami International Auto Show

Some eco-friendly cars are hybrids, which give drivers the choice to power their car by electric battery or fuel engine.

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    No gas? No problem. A growing number of car makers are taking their vehicles electric, and they're available at the Miami International Auto Show's Eco Experience. Karina Marquez, the Nissan product specialist, told NBC 6 South Florida about the savings. (Published Friday, Mar 22, 2013)

    No gas? No problem.

    A growing number of car makers are taking their vehicles electric, and they're available at the Miami International Auto Show's Eco Experience.

    The Nissan Leaf, which bears a price tag of $25,000, is completely electric.

    "Every time you hit the brakes, you're putting power back into the battery," said Karina Marquez, the Nissan product specialist.

    She told NBC 6 South Florida that households owning just one eco-friendly car see savings.

    "A lot of Leaf owners have reported back to me, some say that they're more efficient drivers in their other cars," Marquez said. "They're like, 'Huh? I'm getting better mpg's on my regular car because I've learned how to be a better driver.'"

    Other eco-friendly cars are hybrids, which give drivers the choice to power their car by electric battery or fuel engine.

    "For a long time, people thought it was just a dream, but this shows that electric vehicles are a reality," said Larry Zinn, the vice president for Fisker Miami.

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    Fisker is a high-end eco-friendly car maker, which sells vehicles between $107,000 and $118,000. Brandon Berretta and Bobby Paris, who own an electric battery-powered Chevrolet Volt, said the cars are well worth the price.

    Berretta spends only a few dollars a month to charge his car and is happy to have the extra cash.

    "I would spend it at some fashion places, but yeah, save it," Berretta said.

    And in Miami, where looks mean a lot, Paris said the Volt and other eco-friendly cars fit right in.

    "It's funny because they'll put our car next to a Jaguar at valet," he said.

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