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Driving boom dies: US decline in car miles predicted to continue
We might think of the USA as the land of the motor car, as the country that perfected the assembly line production, but according to new research, the car's decline is underway, even in this stronghold. As the average number of miles driven by Americans heads into its eighth year of decline, a n[...]
Eco Technology Show returns to Brighton
June will see the return of Brighton's Eco Technology Show; a display of over 100 exhibitors covering all aspects of efficient technology; from home to office, renewable energy to transport. This year's show, now just weeks away, promises a host of new features. One new addition is the Advisory Hu[...]
Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid earns top marks for safety
Worried that the latest generation of alternative fuel vehicles can't possibly match the safety standards of today's vehicles? Well, it's time to think again if the standards of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid (pictured) are to be followed. The 2013 model has earned the five-star vehicle scor[...]
News in brief: Toyota to ramp up battery production
Toyota's commitment to hybrid cars has taken another step forward as news broke that it will rapidly increase its lithium-ion battery production. According to reports in Japanese business daily The Nikkei, Toyota will increase the number of lithium-ion batteries it produces for vehicles such as the[...]
Eco-marathon champs set five new records
A test of student innovation and just how far it is possible to travel on 1 kWh or 1 litre of fuel has once again resulted in new records at the 2013 Shell Eco-marathon. This year's competition, which took place in Rotterdam, was dominated by the French, with winners in both the UrbanConcept class[...]
Source London installs 1,300 electric car charging points
London's Plugged-in Places scheme, Source London, has now successfully installed 1,300 electric car charging points across the capital. Over 60 public and private partners, led by the Transport for London (TfL) have taken an active part in helping to build the infrastructure in the two years sin[...]
BMW announces UK dealer network for i3 electric car
BMW has revealed that there will be an initial network of 46 dealerships in the UK which will be equipped to sell its first fully electric car, when the new i3 supermini launches later this year. The first model to launch under BMW's 'i-Born Electric' sub-brand, the new i3 will be supported by t[...]
Second-generation Volvo C30 Electric proves practical: AC trumps DC
Let's face it: electric cars can't refuel from empty to full quite as quickly as petrol ones. But because most electric cars on sale today can easily drive between 60 and 80 miles on a full charge -and recharge at night when you're asleep- it's not usually a problem. While overnight charging const[...]
Porsche reveals plug-in hybrid sports car
Three years on from its introduction at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche has finally introduced its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sports car (pictured). The vehicle boasts an all-wheel drive concept that combines a 608hp, V8 combustion engine with an 115kW electric motor at the rear axle and a 95kW elec[...]
No hybrids on the horizon from Skoda; Czech brand to stick to frugal diesels
Don't expect any hybrids from Skoda any time soon. That's the word from Skoda UK director Alasdair Stewart anyway. The recent unveilings of Volkswagen's XL1 concept and electric up! city car (due 2014) suggest that the VW Group is finally preparing to launch an alternatively fuelled vehicle in the[...]
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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.
Some of the best electric cars which may be available to you soon include:
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.