When I started driving gas was .93 cents per gallon. I could fill my tank with $10 and have change for chips and a drink. Today, $10 will get you to the next gas station. The national average for a gallon of gas today is $3.62 per gallon. Help is on the way…or is it?

Automobile manufacturers and our government are looking for ways to make the automobile more fuel efficient and less impactful to our environment.

We had Kevin Butt, General Manager and Chief Environment Officer of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA), on the show today and he spoke about some of the ways Toyota has improved their operations in relation to the environment. During our conversation, Kevin said something that really caught my attention, “the Toyota plant in Kentucky produces zero waste to the landfills.” The plant feeds 7,000 people a day and produce more than 500,000 vehicles a year and through recylcing/reuse programs within the facility they have found a way reuse all of their waste.

Toyota has long been known for producing energy efficient vehicles, namely the Prius, but this added effort to preserve the environment deserves notice. Click here for more information about Toyota’s environmental efforts.

We had more than a few enthusiastic listeners call to express their theories about our countries dependency on traditional fuel sources. If you missed the show, we’ll have a commercial free podcast posted Monday for your listening pleasure.

During the second half of the show we spoke about some of the tax advantages to investing in some of the alternate fuel vehicle and I’ve listed links below to assist in your research:

Georgia Laws and Incentives

Federal Laws and Incentives

Toyota Green Innovation

Tune in to News and Talk 1380am or WAOK.com every Saturday from 10am to 12 noon for everything automotive. You can also follow The Autonsider on Twitter @AutoNsider.


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