17 Oct '11, 8am

The Top 10 Green Cars

The Top 10 Green Cars

The Toyota Prius is regarded as the original hybrid and it's now in its third generation, so most areas of weakness have been eliminated. The Prius has a petrol engine along with a battery and electric motor, and all of these elements work together to give optimal fuel efficiency - the Prius has an official combined figure of 72.4 mpg along with 89 g/km CO2 emissions. It's possible to drive the Prius for a short distance in electric-only mode; when the battery runs low then it will switch to running on the petrol engine, and this will recharge the battery to allow more zero-emission driving. A petrol-electric hybrid is likely to give best miles per gallon in mixed urban/out-of-town driving rather than on long journeys. The Prius starts from £20,845. There's also the smaller Toyota Auris hybrid, and a Plug-in Prius is coming soon, which is expected to emit just 49 g/km CO2 ...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/analysis/2117435/green-cars

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