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US surveillance is illegal, says Nieta

Subsidies to jump start UK green car revolution

The first green cars to qualify for a subsidy of up to £5,000 were unveiled by the Government yesterday.

First subsidised electric cars announced

The Government today announced the first nine electric cars for which drivers will be eligible for a 25% Whitehall-paid grant.

Prius gets sound option to protect pedestrians

Toyota's Prius hybrid is becoming a little less quiet with a new electronic humming device that is the automaker's answer to complaints that pedestrians can't hear the top-selling car approaching.

Porsche gives the go-ahead to plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder

Porsche's supervisory board has given the go-ahead for the 918 Spyder concept car shown at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The 918 is a mid-engined plug-in hybrid that has the potential to deliver CO2 emissions of just 70g/km, better than any standard model on sale in the UK today.

Green light for electric car grants

A promised grant of up to £5,000 towards the cost of an electric or ultra-low carbon car has survived Government cutbacks. The Transport Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday said the funding, first announced by the Labour government, will go ahead from January 2011.

Electric car maker Tesla roars up 6%

Shares of Tesla Motors rose more than 6 per cent in their trading debut after the electric sports car maker's expanded flotation in New York raised more money than expected.

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Eco-minded driving, without making an eco-statement

Nissan announces prices for electric Leaf

Nissan has announced the starting prices for its Golf-sized electric car, the Leaf. The Leaf will initially be available in four European countries – the UK, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands – and in each case, except in the Netherlands, it will be available for less than €30,000 after local tax incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles have been applied. In the Netherlands there are some tax incentives that accumulate during the life of the car rather than at the time of purchase.

Fund-raising helps Think power ahead

Think, the Norwegian electric car-maker, has raised another US$40 million equity so it can drive its cars faster into the US market and then into right-hand drive countries such as the UK.

Mitsubishi names its price for electric i-MiEV

Mitsubishi has named the price at which it will sell its forthcoming i-MiEV electric car when it goes on general sale early next year. Customers will pay a steep £33,699 including VAT, even after the £5,000 per car grant that the government is introducing in order to encourage the sale of hybrid and electric plug-in cars.

Government puts up £30m for electric car chargers

Some 11,000 charging points for electric cars are to be built in London, Milton Keynes and the North-east over the next three years, supported by £30m of government money.

Toyota announces plug-in Prius

Toyota has announced a new plug-in version of its Prius hybrid. Plug-in technology allow a hybrid's batteries to be charged from the mains like those on a straight electric car. The main benefit compared with a standard hybrid is that a plug-in hybrid can spend a far greater proportion of the time running in electric-only mode, which produces fewer tail-pipe emissions – just 59g/km, according to Toyota. One spur to this long-expected development is likely to have been the forthcoming arrival of GM's similarly-sized Chevrolet Volt, which will run mainly on electric power but use an internal combustion engine as a back-up range-extender.

Can electric cars reinvent Britain's motor industry?

New models mean new investment, if the UK can win the business. Sarah Arnott reports

Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe wins Green Car of the Year award

Volvo's C30 1.6D DRIVe with stop/start has been named Green Car of the Year by the website TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk. The Swedish manufacturer's most economical model achieves an impressive 74.3mpg on the official combined cycle fuel consumption tests and emits just 99g/km of CO2, making it one of only a small number of cars to break the 100g/km barrier.

Climate change survey says 83% willing to make sacrifices

More than 80 per cent of people believe climate change is a serious threat and are willing to make sacrifices to combat it, a survey by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) showed today.

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