INHABITAT: Buying and selling used cars is a great way to be green, but what about the fuel used when driving purchased cars to their new owners? Is there a location search type tool so that people can only look for cars that are already close to them?Brad: Yes, once they have identified the new or used vehicle or vehicles that meet their needs, users have the ability to specify their location to narrow their search results to vehicles available near them. In addition, the site also offers recycled parts – and it doesn’t get much greener than upgrading or maintaining your vehicle with used, refurbished auto parts.
INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about what eBay Green Driving is and why eBay decided to develop it?
Brad: The site is a one-stop-shop for all things related to green driving. It helps inform shoppers with news, data, and research tools, and with eBay’s vast inventory of new and used vehicles. In a single site, users can learn about fuel-efficient vehicles, find those vehicles, and make a purchase. There’s demand for this type of inventory among both cost- and environmentally-conscious drivers, especially as gas prices remain high. eBay decided to create this tailored experience for auto shoppers to help them find the vehicles they’re looking for quickly, along with the resources necessary to make an informed decision.
INHABITAT: eBay Green Driving offers more than just a hub to buy and sell used cars and parts. Could you explain some of the other features that help drivers learn how to save gas and purchase hybrid and electric vehicles?
Brad: One of the features we’re most excited about is the fuel efficiency comparison tool. eBay developed the tool using information from the Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov. In one page, people can compare MPG, fuel consumption, emissions, and overall cost of a variety of fuel efficient vehicle types. It’s valuable to shoppers to see this comprehensive overview in a single place.
Users can also quickly browse by fuel type, body type or lifestyle to find the fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs. In addition to popular mainstream models, the site also features vehicles you won’t find anywhere else, like ethanol-powered hot rods, Porsche bio-diesel conversions, or early 20th century collector electrics.