Over the years, being environmentally conscious hasn’t exactly tied in with the notion of ‘cool’. Your average millionaire footballer wouldn’t be caught dead driving anything smaller than a tank when dropping his kids off at school, while most reality TV stars prefer their limos roomy and pink.
However, as the benefits of going green by car become clear – saving a fair bit of cash as well as saving the earth – the coolness exuded by those celebrities who were early adopters of eco-friendly cars is sharpened even more. Here are just a few of those stars and the cars they drive.
The star of Titanic has, ahem, sunk a lot of money into eco-car development – as one of the best-known investors in Fisker Automotive; manufacturer of the Karma (see, they can do bad puns just as well as anyone), a car driven by Taylor Lautner and Justin Bieber among others. Voted as one of the “Best Inventions of 2011” by Time Magazine, the Karma doesn’t exactly rack up the points for performance, but it is capable of some above-average distances in all-electric mode. DiCaprio also famously drives a Tesla Roadster – one of the world’s first eco-sports cars.
The Terminator would be a lot less threatening if he pulled up to Sarah Connor’s place in a Prius rather than his trademark motorcycle, but the former governor of California has combined his love of SUVs with a keen sense of eco-awareness by converting his Hummer to run on hydrogen and biofuel. Arnie even appeared on an episode of MTV’s Pimp My Ride to extol the virtues of greener driving; the programme’s host Xzibit was most amused.
The Commuter Cars Tango is narrower than some motorbikes and can fit in one quarter of a parking space – but George Clooney was impressed enough by the concept to take delivery of the first ever Tango car. Despite its unstable appearance, this fully-electric car is weighed down securely by the expansive battery pack and motors. There’s even room for a passenger if you don’t mind riding a tight tandem, and with the capability of going 0-60 in 4 seconds this little Tango is nothing to be scoffed at.
Forest Green Rovers
Okay, so they may not be famous footballers but there’s still such a strong connection between footballers and the cars they drive, that the Conference National side definitely warrants a mention. Nissan has recently delivered 11 of their electric Leaf models to players in an effort to combat nasty emissions caused by driving to training every other day. The club chairman Dale Vince is a renowned eco-warrior who owns power company Ecotricity; the club’s stadium runs almost entirely in renewable energy and also boasts a “Mowbot” – a solar-powered automatic lawnmower.