The Truth About 'Green' Cars

Szu Ping Chan highlights the benefits of investing in hybrid cars from a UK perspective.

Published: 02-Feb-2008

I'm no Jeremy Clarkson, but green cars have always intrigued me. As a Londoner, I see a lot of them whizzing around, marketed as the ‘green' way forward for motorists up and down the country.

According to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, sales of hybrid cars doubled in Britain last year, as Brits wised-up to the fact that going green could also help keep you in the black over the longer term.

But aside from the marketing jargon and gimmick appeal, when it comes down to the real number crunching - are green cars really worth it?

Green And Groovy


The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.

A UK government challenge to produce a medium/small vehicle with CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km has seen engineering company Ricardo team up with PSA Peugeot Citroen and UK research group QinetiQ to develop an innovative diesel full-hybrid.

Concept car may sport unusual air intakes since 'a hybrid battery needs a lot of cooling.'


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