The Top Ten Green Cars Coming in 2010
As 2009 comes to a close, all the recent news has been about electric cars, but as we enter 2010 there will still be very few electric cars that you’ll be able to buy in the coming year. So here are the top ten green cars coming in 2010 that you need to know about, including petrol, diesel, hybrid, and, yes, some electric ones too.
1 Honda CR-Z
The CR-Z is Honda’s long-awaited hybrid sports coupe. It will finally be available in the UK in summer 2010, when it will be the world’s first hybrid sports car, and the first ever petrol-electric vehicle to employ a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine will be a 1.5 litre unit, ie. larger than the 1.3 engine in the Insight. The price is expected to be around £18,000.
2 Toyota Auris Hybrid
The hybrid technology in the Prius will find its way into the Auris around spring 2010, giving it sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. It will also be built in the UK. Like the Prius, the Auris HSD can be driven on the petrol engine alone, electric motor alone, or combination of both. EV mode allows for ultra-quiet running on electric motor power alone for up to 1.25 miles at speeds up to 31mph, with zero fuel consumption and zero CO2 and particulates emissions. Price is due to be around £20,000.
3 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion
Although the new Polo is here, the BlueMotion version doesn’t arrive in the UK until March 2010. But it will be worth the wait, as it will have super-low emissions of just 90g/km and economy will be an excellent 83mpg from an all-new 1.2-litre three-cylinder common rail diesel engine developing 75 PS. The new engine is combined with a five-speed gearbox and longer gearing, along with regenerative braking and a Stop-Start system. Note that the left-hand drive version of the car manages 87g/km.
4 Ford Focus ECOnetic
The emissions of the new 2010 Ford Focus ECOnetic will drop to 99g/km CO2, which equates to 74.2mpg. This is achieved thanks to Ford’s new, optional Auto-Start-Stop system. Focus ECOnetic versions without Ford Auto-Start-Stop still achieve 104 g/km CO2. Power comes from Ford’s 109 PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine with standard coated Diesel Particulate Filter (cDPF).
5 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics
BMW has managed to lower the emissions of the new 320d saloon to 109g/km CO2, which equates to 68.9mpg. This is amazing progress for a premium saloon, and it means it’s the first car in the premium sector to drop under the 110g/km barrier. In addition to the existing suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Electric Power Steering, that have featured on all four-cylinder BMW 3 Series models since September 2007, the new 320d ‘EfficientDynamics’ Saloon has a longer rear axle transmission ratio, lowered suspension and the use of specially designed aerodynamic alloy wheels with Michelin EnergySaver tyres. On sale in January 2010 with pricing that mirrors the existing ‘standard’ BMW 320d SE Saloon.
6 Citroën DS3
Citroën’s new DS3 will be available with a choice of five Euro V power plants consisting of two HDi diesel units and three BMW co-developed petrol engines. The two HDi diesels – a 90bhp and an 110bhp – are fitted with Citroën’s DPFS (Diesel Particulate Filter System) and will deliver low CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and 115g/km. The three petrol engines – VTi 95, VTi 120 and THP 150 – will emit between 136/km and 160g/km. The DS3 will arrive in the UK in spring 2010 and will be priced from £12,500.
7 Vauxhall Corsa
The new Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX emits just 98g/km CO2 which translates to 76.3mpg. These figures are for the three-door model, and even the five-door version achieves 99g/km CO2. Despite the improvement in fuel consumption and emissions, the ecoFLEX produces 21 per cent more power from its 1.3 CDTi turbodiesel engine, its output rising 20 PS from 75 to 95PS over the existing 105g/km Corsa ecoFLEX. The Corsa ecoFLEX’s performance is enhanced further, despite using taller gearing. It will now accelerate from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 110mph. Available to order from January 2010.
8 MINI Crossman
The MINI Crossman is a 4×4 MINI. With four driven wheels, four single seats and at four metres in the length, the MINI Crossman promises to feature many of the typical MINI characteristics, such as the wheels located at four corners to maintain the ‘go kart’ driving experience. It’s due in October 2010 priced between £17-23,000.
9 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is due to be the first production electric city car available in the UK from a mainstream manufacturer, and is due in limited numbers in 2010, following a trial that is currently underway. It has a top speed of 81 mph, a range of 100 miles and can be trickle charged from flat to full in seven hours at any UK three-pin socket – costing under £1 for a full charge. In addition the i-MiEV can be fast-charged from flat to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes using the quick charger. It can seat four adults, with room for luggage. The price is not confirmed, but it won’t be cheap. Citroen and Peugeot will also be releasing their own versions of the i-MiEV.
10 REVA NXR
People either love or hate the G-Wiz, but you can’t argue with its success. The REVA NXR is the replacement for the G-Wiz. It’s a three-door, four-seater hatchback family car that’s designed for urban driving. Top speed is 65 mph with a range of 100 miles per charge. Normal charging is eight hours but a fast charge for 15 minutes will provide a 25 mile range. It comes with a new lithium-ion battery and is scheduled to go into production in early 2010. Average prices in Europe, excluding batteries, will be around 14,995 euros for the lithium-ion NXR Intercity version. The REVA NXR City, with lead acid batteries, that has a 50 mile range and a speed of 50 mph, is also available from 9,995 euros and a small monthly mobility fee.