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Top ten green cars for 2010

There has never been a better time to buy a fuel efficient low emission car.

There has never been a better time to buy a fuel efficient low emission car. There are incentives for low carbon cars including road tax, company tax and London congestion charges. 2010 brings a wide range of low emission cars and ten of the best include the following.

The Peugeot iON electric should be available in the autumn this year, the Peugeot iON electric motor provides a top speed of 87 mpg and is capable of 0-62mph in 13.0 seconds. Fuel costs work out at less than 2p per mile and the road tax is nil.

The Nissan Leaf will be launched later this year; this car is a medium sized hatchback and has a range of more than 100 miles. The Nissan Leaf can be charged up to 80% of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes with a quick charger and around eight hours on a standard socket.

The long awaited Audi A1 will arrive in the Summer, this will be Audi’s challenge to the Mini, choices of engine will be between a 1.4 petrol-unit (65bhp up to 200bhp for the hot hatch) and a 1.6 diesel engine (75bhp and 130bhp), prices start at approximately £11,000.

The new Toyota Plug-in Prius hybrid is based on the latest model but the plug-in uses lithium-ion batteries (a first for Toyota), offers greater range on electric power only, significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions. As its name suggests, the plug-in version can be charged from an external source as well as by the car’s own hybrid drive system. These cars will be only be available on lease from this summer.

The Toyota Auris hybrid will be the smallest hybrid car on the market. This new model should achieve 0-62mph in around ten seconds with a co2 emission figure of 99g/km, other innovations include solar panels on the roof to help power the ventilation system, while LED lights front and rear reduce energy consumption and improve economy.

The Citroen DS3 HDi is the first of three planned DS models in a new range. This supermini is designed to be more fuel efficient than the current C3. Another free road tax car and co2 emissions of only 99g/km.

The Volvo S60 should be revealed in a production version this year. The Volvo S60 will come with a four cylinder 1.6 litre petrol unit which uses gasoline turbocharged direct injection technology (GTDi). GTDi’s ability to improve fuel economy by around 20% is the main reason that the S60 is expected to have CO2 emissions of only 119g/km.

The Ford C-Max range introduces a number of advanced new technologies including the more fuel-efficient, lower-CO2 EcoBoost petrol engines which use turbocharging and direct injection technology to improve fuel consumption by up to 20%.

The Honda CR-Z hybrid will be available later this year. The Honda CR-Z will utilise a mild hybrid Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) drive-train, which places an electric motor between the petrol engine and transmission. This limits the possibility of electric-only operation, but does significantly increase overall fuel economy, so reducing emissions.

The BMW 5 series is available from March with prices starting at £27,555, most of the five series range is under the efficient dynamics branding which squeeze maximum performance with minimum emissions.