Generation Z drivers push for schools to teach with eco-conscious cars

Christian Hughes did not just want to learn to drive – he wanted to do so in a Tesla. So, when it came to getting his license, the high school student found a driving school that specialised in the sought-after electric cars.

As well as being a fan of the vehicles and their technology, he was attracted by their green credentials. “Every second you spend driving a gasoline car contributes to climate change,” says the 17-year-old from St Augustine, Florida, who passed his test this summer. He has since bought a Tesla with his father.

Hughes learned to drive at the Tesla Driving School, launched by All Florida Safety Institute in January. The driving school is one of a growing number offering lessons in hybrid or electric cars to eco-conscious Generation Z drivers.