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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[...]
Tesla to offer battery swapping function for Model S?
Rumours are afoot that Tesla could be planning to offer its Model S electric car with the function to swap its battery at a swapping station when its run out of charge. What's making the internet buzz with the rumour? Well, firstly there is an interesting line in the company's recently release qua[...]
Future no more: RAC Future Car Challenge is canned
The RAC's Future Car Challenge has been cancelled for 2013, after the RAC decided to withdraw its title sponsorship of the event. The exact reasons why the motoring association has decided to withdraw its support for this year aren't known, but spiralling costs and a lack of manufacturer appetite [...]
Mercedes-Benz reveals new S-Class hybrid
German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has made a host of innovations to its new flagship S-Class model: including the introduction of a hybrid car and an array of energy saving features. There will be two hybrid car variants of the new S-Class model: the S400 Hybrid (pictured) and S300 BlueTEC Hybrid. The [...]
Shell Eco-marathon Europe kicks off in Rotterdam
Almost 200 teams consisting of some 3,000 students from 21 countries descended on Rotterdam yesterday for the opening day of the Shell Eco-marathon Europe. Over the course of the next five days, the student teams will battle for eco-supremacy in the track competition to test not how fast their c[...]
Formula E reveals new electric race car
The new FIA Formula racing series, designed especially for electric cars, has revealed the first images of its new electric race car that will form the basis of the new competition. The stunning new Formula E race car, developed by Spark Racing Technology and Renault Technical Partnership-the Spar[...]
Volvo’s plug-in hybrid doubles production volumes
Production of the world's first plug-in diesel hybrid car is set to near double, as Volvo experiences strong demand for its new V60 Plug-in car across Europe. Launched in the UK last year, just 150 models were initially sent here, with a first production run limited to 1,000 models. Now Volvo wi[...]
Japanese carmaker reveals electric car secrets
Think electric cars and Japan and your thoughts might turn to the Nissan LEAF, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid or maybe the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. However, there is a new addition to this impressive line-up of electric cars from the land of the rising sun. The SIM-Drive Corporation has revealed its lat[...]
Ampera wins The Telegraph’s electric/hybrid award
Vauxhall's range-extended plug-in hybrid, the Ampera, has won the best hybrid/electric car category in the inaugural Telegraph Motoring Awards. The electric/petrol-powered model beat off competition from the likes of the Toyota Prius Plug-in and Nissan LEAF in a poll of Telegraph readers, who were[...]
Peugeot reveals pricing for new 2008
A late comer to the now hugely popular 'compact crossover' market, Peugeot is still hoping that its new 2008 vehicle can make significant inroads into the sector, thanks to its combination of competitive pricing and low emissions. The new 2008, which is expected to launch in the UK in July, will[...]
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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.