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MOT changes to clamp down on illegal removal of diesel car DPFs
A loophole which allowed motorists to have their diesel particulate filters (DPFs) removed yet still pass their MOTs, is to be closed in response to concerns over the environmental impact of this practice. It was an issue raised by the campaign group, Clean Air in London (CAL) back in August, whic[...]
BMW i3 sparks new interest in electric cars
The arrival of BMW into the electric vehicle market, with its new i3 supermini is sparking huge interest in battery-powered models and could help start a second wave motorists make the switch away from combustion power. According to the carmaker, around 6,500 people in the UK alone have already as[...]
Bye bye Chevrolet: GM to pull brand from Europe
Chevrolet is to exit the European market from 2016, its parent company General Motors has announced, as part of plans to ‘strengthen’ the car giant’s operations over here. The decision to pull the brand—best known for its Spark, Volt, Captiva, Trax and Cruze models—out of western and eastern Europ[...]
M6 Toll Road has ‘helped no one’ and hurt the environment, says CBT
After plans for a new toll road for the A14 bypass are dropped, a new report reveals how the M6 toll road has failed deliver benefit to motorists while causing ‘irreversible environmental damage’ according to the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). As the M6 toll road celebrates its tenth birthda[...]
Mazda adds new smallest yet Skyactiv engine
Mazda has added its smallest engine yet to its efficient Skyactiv family of engines; a 1.5 litre petrol unit. The new engine will make its debut on the Mazda3 hatch and Fastback model; both of which are just about to arrive in the UK. While on the Mazda3, the new unit is only expected to accou[...]
Could CNG conversions be good for our health?
There may be significant health benefits to converting our motoring fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG): as an analysis of CNG conversions in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has revealed. There has been a rapid conversion in the Bangladeshi capital following the introduction of a CNG conversion policy in 2010[...]
EPA Fuel Economy Guide available now
The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have teamed up to release the 2014 Fuel Economy Guide - offering motorists important insight into finding the most appropriate fuel efficient vehicle for their needs. Within the guide are top 10 lists that give consu[...]
Robert Llewellyn: Transport change is coming
There is something in the air. Yes, I know it’s mostly particulates, SOX and NOX emissions from modern diesel engines and CO2 from home heating, power stations and 10 mile traffic jams, but there’s definitely a shift that transcends party politics, nationalism and narrow, parochial thinking. I had[...]
Toyota updates Yaris and Yaris Hybrid
Toyota has refreshed its Yaris and Yaris Hybrid ranges for the New Year, with a new trim line-up. In line with other Toyota models, the Yaris adopts a four grade structure: Active, Icon, Icon Plus and Trend. Active and Icon replace the previous T2 and TR designations, while the new Icon Plus[...]
EU considers allowing 50% increase in food-based biofuel
The use of biofuels sourced from food crops could increase by as much as 50 per cent under new EU proposals, despite concerns over the environmental and social impact of using these so-called first-generation sources. According to The Guardian, a current cap on first generation fuels of 4.7 per ce[...]
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Electric cars were once expected to be the ultimate travelling option of the 21st Century only to be maligned when initial efforts such as the Ford Think failed to earn a sizeable share of the UK market. However, with further technological advancements, electric cars are once again emerging as a viable alternative to the fuel guzzling and polluting vehicles that most of us drive today.
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For more information see our Electric Cars guide.
The number of hybrid cars available in the UK is on the increase although they are still not as readily available as it is hoped they will be in the long term. Here is a list of some of the hybrid cars currently available in the UK, click on the links to find out more:
There are also several hybrid cars available in other markets:
To find out more about how hybrid cars work and to find out about exciting new hybrid concepts and forthcoming models, read out Hybrid Cars guide.