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That Little Old Lady From Pasadena? She’s Driving a Green Machine

Will older drivers support the shift to environment-friendly cars?

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— Photo by Colin Anderson/Getty Images

Last September, as part of the Cash for Clunkers program, Joan Schweighardt, 61, and her husband, Michael Dooley, 59, traded in their 1996 Ford Explorer for a tiny Smart car. In swapping a gas-guzzling SUV for a golf cart-size vehicle that gets 41 miles a gallon, they reduced not only the cost of a major purchase, but also their impact on the environment. They “absolutely love” their new wheels, says Schweighardt, a writer who lives in Albuquerque, N.M. She was surprised at how roomy the car is—enough to keep her 6-foot-3-inch husband comfortable, and haul luggage. … Back to Article

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