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The Latest Green Cars, Hybrid Cars and Electric Cars

1 June 2012 by Paul Clarke

Looking for the latest green cars
,
hybrid cars
, or
electric cars
? Read Green Car Guide’s expert summary of the greenest cars, most economical cars, highest mpg cars, and
lowest emission cars
currently available in the UK in 2012
.

Why choose a green car?

• Save money on fuel

• Save money on road tax

• Save money on company car tax

• Save money on London Congestion Charge (<100 g/km CO2 = exempt)

• Help to improve local air quality

• Help to reduce CO2 emissions and their impact on the environment

Which technology/fuel?

Petrol Cars

• Traditionally popular

• Quiet

• Responsive

• Light

• Cheap to build

• Ideal for low mileages

• New ‘downsized’ engines have high NEDC mpg

Nissan Micra DIG-S

Example:
Nissan Micra DIG-S
, 68.9mpg, 95g/km CO2

Diesel Cars

• More economical

• Lower CO2

• Ideal for longer journeys/typical company car drivers

• More expensive to meet Euro emissions regulations (particulates etc)

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Example:
BMW 520d EfficientDynamics
62.8mpg, 119g/km CO2

Hybrid Cars: Petrol-Electric hybrid cars, Diesel-Electric hybrid cars, and now Plug-in hybrid cars

• Petrol/diesel engine and electric motor powered by battery

• Petrol hybrids especially good for urban use

(& local air quality)

• Energy efficient – regenerative braking etc

• Mpg claims?

• More expensive

• Plug-in hybrids coming – greater electric-only range/low CO2/high mpg

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Example:
Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4
, 74.3mpg, 99g/km CO2

Electric Cars

• Zero tailpipe emissions

• Low running costs

• No company car tax

• No Congestion Charge

• Need to plug in to mains to recharge

• Limited range: <100 miles

• Should be recharged using renewable electricity

• Seen as expensive

• Plug-in Car Grant (up to £5000/25%)

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Example:
Nissan LEAF
, N/A mpg, CO2 potentially zero, £30,990 (less £5,000 PICG)

Extended-range electric vehicles (E-REV)

• Electric vehicle

• Plug in to mains to recharge

• Petrol generator for use if battery depleted

• Low running costs

• No range limitation

• Should be recharged using renewable electricity

• Expensive

• Plug-in Car Grant (up to £5000/25%)

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Example:
Vauxhall Ampera
, 235.4 mpg, 27 g/km CO2, £34,995 (less £5,000 PICG)

The greenest petrol cars, diesel cars, hybrid cars and electric cars you can buy today – a selection

City Cars

Electric Cars

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Renault Twizy

N/A mpg

0 g/km CO2

£6,690 + battery lease

Superminis

Diesel Cars

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Kia Rio 1.1 CDRi EcoDynamics

88.3 mpg

85 g/km CO2

£11,895

Superminis

Petrol-electric hybrid cars

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid 1.5 HSD

80.7 mpg

79 g/km CO2

£14,995

Small Family Cars

Diesel Cars

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Renault Megane dCi 110 Stop & Start

80.7 mpg

90 g/km CO2

£18,800

Small Family Cars

Petrol-electric hybrid cars

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Toyota Auris HSD

74.3 mpg

89 g/km CO2

£20,295

Family Cars

Diesel-electric hybrid cars

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Citroen DS5 HYbrid4

74.3 mpg

99 g/km CO2

£27,600

Family Cars

Diesel cars

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BMW 320d EfficientDynamics

68.9 mpg

109 g/km CO2

£28,080

Family Cars

Petrol-Electric Hybrid cars

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Toyota Prius

72.4 mpg

89 g/km CO2

£21,560

Executive Cars

Petrol-electric hybrid cars

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BMW ActiveHybrid5

44.1 mpg

149 g/km CO2

£46,885

Executive Cars

Petrol-electric hybrid cars

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Infiniti M35h

40.9 mpg

159 g/km CO2

£46,840

MPVs (7-seaters)

Diesel cars

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Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi 110 Start & Stop

68.9 mpg

105 g/km CO2

£21,625

Estate Cars

Diesel cars

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Skoda Fabia Estate Greenline II

83.1 mpg

89 g/km CO2

£14,420

4x4s

Diesel-electric hybrid cars

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Peugeot 508 RXH

68.9 mpg

107 g/km CO2

£33,695

4x4s

Diesel cars

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MINI Countryman Cooper SD ALL4

57.6 mpg

129 g/km CO2

£23,135

4x4s

Diesel cars

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Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi n-tec+ 4WD

55.4 mpg

135 g/km CO2

£24,595

4x4s

Diesel cars

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Range Rover Evoque

49.6 mpg

149 g/km CO2

£37,380

Open Top Cars

Diesel cars

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smart fortwo cabrio cdi

85.6 mpg

87 g/km CO2

£12,700

Sports Cars

Diesel cars

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Volkswagen Scirocco

62.8 mpg

118 g/km CO2

£22,655

Sports Convertibles

Diesel cars

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI

56.5 mpg

132 g/km CO2

£36,250

Sports Cars

Petrol cars

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Lotus Elise 1.6

45 mpg

149 g/km CO2

£29,050

Sports Cars

Petrol cars

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Toyota GT 86 / Subaru BRZ

39.8 mpg

164 g/km CO2

£26,495

Grand Tourers

Diesel cars

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BMW 640d

51.4 mpg

145 g/km CO2

£66,745

Vans

Electric vans

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Renault Kangoo ZE Van

N/A mpg

0 g/km CO2 if renewables

£16,990 + VAT

Minus Plug-in Van Grant – up to £8,000 or 20%

The very latest green cars

The lowest emission conventional car

Diesel cars

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Hyundai i20

1.1-litre 3-cylinder diesel

84 g/km CO2

The lowest emission 4×4 in its class

Diesel cars

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Mazda CX-5

‘SKYACTIV’ technologies

136 g/km CO2

From £21,395

The lowest emission people-carrier

Petrol-electric hybrid cars

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Toyota Prius Plus

68.9 mpg

96 g/km CO2

From £26,195

The most economical family hatchback

Plug-in petrol-electric hybrid cars

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

134.5 mpg

49 g/km CO2

< £30,000 after PICG

The most economical Volvo estate ever

Plug-in diesel-electric hybrid cars

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Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

150 mpg

49 g/km CO2

£47,000

The best looking electric car?

Extended-range electric vehicles

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Fisker Karma

135 mpg

51 g/km CO2

The game-changing electric car?

Electric cars

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Renault ZOE

N/A mpg

0 g/km CO2 if renewable

130 mile range

£13,650 after PICG

BMW does electric and plug-in hybrid

Electric & plug-in hybrid cars

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BMW i3 & i8

i3

Electric

i8

3-cylinder turbo petrol plug-in hybrid

94 mpg

0-62 mph 5 seconds

155 mph

The most exciting electric car?

Extended-range electric vehicles

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Infiniti EMERG-E

3-cylinder, 1.2-litre range-extender

55 g/km CO2

0-62 mph 4 seconds

300 mile range

Lotus Evora underneath

The biggest surprise ever at Le Mans?

Prototype sports car

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Nissan DeltaWing

Half the weight

Half the drag

Half the power

Half the fuel

Same speed?

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