• Dec 16th 2007 at 7:50PM
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It's almost Christmas, so I compiled a list of the top 10 green toy cars for you. Any toy on this top 10 list would be a great gift for that green, gear-head kid (or kid at heart) on your Christmas/holiday shopping list. The list includes toy cars that are created or powered in green ways such as wooden or solar powered toy cars. I've also included several videos previewing the toys and after reading this list, I really hope you shy away from regular plastic, battery-powered RC toy cars.
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1. Wood Toy Car. Plastics are apart of almost every toy but there are a few wood car toys out there like cars from Automoblox and Playsam.



2. Fuel Cell Toy Car. There are several very good fuel cell toy cars but the best looking ones are the H-Racer and Hydrocar.





3. Solar Powered Toy Car. There are lots of cool, solar toy cars but I really like tiny, solar cars like the Owi.




4. Wind Powered Toy Car. This is the only wind powered kit I know of that comes with a toy car but the Windlab Junior is also a very good wind turbine toy.


5. Wind Up Toy Car. There are a few good rubber band cars but nothing beats the old, metal key, wind 'em ups.



6. Flex Fuel Toy Car. I am cheating a little here because diecasts are not exactly toys or green but you can find almost any car in diecast form usually with fine details like working doors.



7. Pixar Cars Fillmore Toy Car. The character Fillmore in the Pixar movie Cars is a VW Bus that liked to burn alternative fuels.



8. Gravity Powered Toy Car. Good ol' gravity powers these races cars in this double spiral race track toy from Fisher-Price.


9. Air Powered Toy Car. Not quite at the level of complexity of the Air Car but balloon toy cars are very popular and fun.



10. Fair Trade Toy Car. That smiling, little toy car may not look like much but a lot of thought went into it; it's Fair Trade, made with sustainably-harvested wood, vegetable dyes and non-toxic coating.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Great article, we appreciate what you are doing and I wanted to let you know we added it to our website, gengreen.org. We might post more of your articles because they are wonderful, so thank you for writing some good ones!

      Crystal Vilkaitis
      • 7 Years Ago
      The video of the H-Racer got me thinking. I wonder how much electricity is used to produce the hydrogen, and how long it takes...? If one were to use an equivalent amount of electricity to recharge a battery-powered toy car of about the same weight, could it go further than the 100 feet maximum range of the H-Racer...? How much further? It might be a good home experiment to put to the test the claim that it takes 2 to 3 times more energy to run an FCV than a BEV!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish someone would convert my petrol hog into an EV.

      Join the discussion:
      http://wiserearth.org/group/hypercar/section/main
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a very interesting post I have noticed that more companys are bringing out toys that are soler powered which hopfully means that the energy issue in some toys gets resolved.
      I think we will put some in our website for christmas gifts 2010
      http://www.christmasgifts2010.org.uk
      • 7 Years Ago
      I ordered this amphibious solar vehicle for one of my grandsons for Christmas (shhhhh! don't tell him!):

      http://www.hometrainingtools.com/catalog/special-categories/great-gift-ideas/gift-ideas-for-boys/p_el-ampsolr.html

      It's a bit pricey, but I figured he would like it since they live in Phoenix and have a swimming pool. Lascelles: you'll have to start a thread after the event so we can report on which "green" gifts proved "naughty-or-nice"!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good article, some good ideas in there for top 10 christmas gifts and you have put in a good variety. I had a look here: http://www.top10christmasgifts.org.uk and they seem to be getting some really good christmas gifts too.
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