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Is The Nissan LEAF The First "Cool" Electric Car?

Nissan has announced that its award winning LEAF (Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car) electric car, which has already made history by being the first electric car to win European Car of the Year, should be available here in 2012. The LEAF has great green credentials as, being all-electric, as opposed to part electric, part petrol motor, like many of the popular hybrid cars that are appearing steadily on our streets, this 5-door hatch is a true zero emission vehicle. But the Nissan LEAF is hardly the first electric car to be released, so what makes this one so hyped?

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Is the Award Winning Nissan LEAF Really Up To Scratch?

It may not be due on Australian roads until 2012, but there is already a positive buzz surrounding the Nissan LEAF all-electric car. The LEAF – Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car – was rolled out in both the US and Japan in late 2010 and initial reactions have been good. So good, in fact, it has already sold out in both countries. Despite it being a relative newcomer to the electric vehicle stable, the Nissan LEAF has taken out a number of awards, including the US Environmental Protection Agency’s best eco car and, more excitingly, the European Car of the Year 2010, making it the first electric car to do so.

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Toyota Prius – What Is Hybrid Synergy Drive?

A quick glance at the government’s green vehicle guide shows that there is a new star in the eco friendly car firmament – the third generation Toyota Prius. With an impressive 9 out of 10 greenhouse rating, the Prius showcases Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, which combines both an electric motor and a conventional petrol engine, switching between them as required to give the best of both worlds.

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The Tesla Roadster – Green and Sexy

Your conscience may tell you that a green car is good for the environment and so is the responsible thing to buy, but the truth is, a bona fide green vehicle probably doesn't get your pulse racing – until now, that is. For those out there who fantasize about good looks and eco-friendly credentials, Tesla Motors has created the Tesla Roadster and it may just be the answer to your dreams.

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Don't Recharge – Swap

It's become very clear over the past year or two that the electric car and hybrid vehicle are no longer a fad, but are definitely here to stay. With concern about the environment and carbon emissions growing almost daily, major automotive manufacturers across the globe are either unveiling green vehicles at a rate of knots, or promising commuters that they will have more fuel efficient cars to roll out in the near future.

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Prius leads the way for Australian made Hybrid Camry.

The Toyota car company has a well-established foothold in the Australian car market, so with the increasing demand for green vehicles it makes sense that the motor manufacturer should come to the table with an environmentally friendly car and is made on Australian soil. Toyota has already tasted green car success with its ‘Hybrid Synergy Drive' technology, which has proven a strong selling point in the Toyota Prius. Indeed, the Toyota Prius is one of only a handful of green cars to receive the full five stars from the Green Vehicle Guide, which has undoubtedly added to the growing demand for the hybrid vehicle from Australian consumers.

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Could Hydrogen Fuel a Green Wonder Car?

As concerns about greenhouse gases and carbon emissions grow and governments and companies alike search for ways to reduce our carbon footprints and safeguard our planet for future generations, green vehicles are being hailed as the next generation on motoring. Electric cars and hybrid vehicles, diesel and biofuel powered motors, are all becoming more common in car showrooms and on our roads.
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Stacking up the Focus Hybrid vs Toyota's Prius

Ford is making big waves in the annual car show circuit with its 2010 edition of the Focus, whose hybrid and petrol variants are both at the top of the fuel efficiency game as measured by Ford's testing laboratories. Car observers are saying this is currently Ford's best-ever green vehicle due for release.

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Are Green Vehicles Green Enough?

As experts continue to argue about whether or not there is real evidence to support the arguments concerning global warming, and as petrol reserves continue to be depleted and economies around the world feel the chill of an unprecedented economic crisis, the call for green vehicles is becoming stronger and more and more mainstream. Individuals, governments and car manufacturers alike are pushing for more environmentally friendly cars, trucks and motors bikes and we are seeing an increasing number of hybrid vehicles and electric cars launched onto our domestic motor market. But is it all just lip service? Just how “green” are all these new vehicles?
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The Greener Fuel: Diesel or Petrol?

Fossil fuels may have rescued the whales from wholesale slaughter at the turn of last century (before the age of the oil drills most of our oil was cooked from whale blubber) but it won't be around forever. Meanwhile, the cars on our streets are being driven by motorists who have to decide which type of fuel to put in their tanks.

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Electric Buzz

It's not official yet, but there are increasing rumours that Mitsubishi Motors may launch an electric car on the Australian auto market sometime next year. As competition hots up in the green vehicle race, and with consumers more and more concerned about environmental issues and reducing their carbon footprint, the i MiEV (innovative Mitsubishi electric vehicle) is being talked up by Mitsubishi's Australian President and CEO Robert McEniry.

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The Reva Conundrum

Cheap to buy, economical to run and so fuel-efficient that it doesn't even need any. Why aren't the roads of Australia teeming with the Indian made Reva G Wiz? It seems a bit of a no brainer really. At a time when everyone is talking about the environment and looking of ways to ‘go green' and with petrol prices constantly fluctuating and everyone panicking that supplies are running out, an electric car seems like the perfect solution.

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Change in Direction for Fleet Cars

Some may feel it's been slow in coming, but there's been a palpable change in the company car over the past year or two. In many businesses it is on longer acceptable to drive a big, fuel guzzling car and people are talking of the merits of hybrid, ethanol and diesel vehicles. What's caused this move towards more environmentally friendly vehicles?

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Prius 2010: Another Cool Idea from Toyota

Another cool idea from the makers of the Prius: sun-powered coolers. Toyota redefines the sunroof as it plans to add one to the top of the 2010 Toyota Prius.




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Electric Vehicles Why Go Green

According to oil production analyst and commentator Matthew Simmons, world oil production may have well passed its peak, and supplies will be getting less with every passing year from now on. This assumes that only conventional oil sources are economically and technologically feasible (non-conventional sources like shale and tar sands are estimated to contain at least trillions of barrels of oil). This situation of diminishing energy will trigger severe changes in the way we work, get our food, and travel, and the volatility of petroleum prices will be reflected in the social unrest that follows.
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Looking for Biofuel in Australia

Shifting to a carbon-neutral economy will take decades in Australia, but we can begin by using biofuel in vehicles. Biofuel in Australia comes in two types: biodiesel and engine-ready ethanol, which are produced from vegetable oil, grain and sugarcane. Commercial producers of ethanol have established a presence in nearly every state.

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A Primer on Australia's Green Car Plan

PM Kevin Rudd recently proposed a $6.2 billion package for Australia's auto industry to develop the next generation of hopefully environment-friendly vehicles, to be spread over over the next few years. This cmes at a time when the US parents of Australia's local car industry are facing their worst crisis ever. Many say that this is not the time to throw more taxpayers' money at the industry.
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Green Cars and Biodiesel

Reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions and the quest for sustainable energy drives the federal government's campaign for green vehicles from the domestic automobile industry. One of the ways looked at as the way to go forward is the development of biodiesel in pure or mixed form.

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