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Midland, Odessa Named Area With Fewest Drivers Who Drive Economic Friendly Cars

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It seems everywhere you look in West Texas, someone driving a big gas guzzling truck.

It's a must for those who work in the oilfield but it has landed the Basin on a not-so-nice list.

This week, Cars.com ranked Odessa and Midland as having the fewest drivers who drove eco-friendly cars.

There is a saying that, "Everything is bigger in Texas," and what we drive is no exception.

According to Wes Hunt with Sewell Ford in Odessa, he said there are various factors as to why people in the Midland and Odessa area don't favor eco-friendly cars as much.

"We see a lot of Eco boost F-150, which is for the environment. It changes the realm, it's a V6 engine with a V8 power, we have all of our SUV's, you're talking about an Expedition and about the new Explorer. We got a new Escape coming out, all of these new vehicles are coming out and are geared to get better fuel economy," Hunt said.

Although we are in an area where big trucks are needed, he said oil field companies are aware of the environment. However for the kind of work they do, they need something which is durable and dependable.  

"It's not just about the expense or the fuel economy because they look for that, that's why there are a lot of diesel engines and so they are aware of the challenges they face everyday. If you run your business 24 hours a day, you have to have something durable," Hunt said.

No matter what you drive, there is one clear message Hunt wants to send to everyone about West Texas.

"I don't think anybody out here just says 'let's just go ruin the environment,' it's not what West Texans are about," Hunt said.

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