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Eco-minded driving, without making an eco-statement
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.
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.
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.
Another day another hybrid concept car from one of the Japanese manufacturers – this time it's Subaru's turn.
Suzuki will be showing two new eco concept vehicles at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
Volvo has said it wants to introduce plug-in hybrid cars from 2012.
Nissan unveiled its super-quiet, zero emission electric car technology today, a key design for the company which has fallen behind in hybrid development.
Consumers could receive incentives of between £2,000 and £5,000 to buy an electric car from 2011, the Government announced today.
Mayor may bring green travel scheme to London
Digital dashboard trees – with leaves that fall off – let the new, eco-friendly Honda show you how green your driving is
New Mitsubishi can reach 87mph and travel 100 miles without needing a recharge
Two-thirds of cabinet ministers still travel in vehicles occupying the top emissions bands, despite targets to slash the carbon pumped out by official limousines.
Fifty international teams of maverick inventors are racing to build the world's fastest eco cars – and win $10m. Tim Walker catches up with the leaders