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Domestic Recommendations Petrol Cars
Diesel Cars
Alternative Fuel Cars

Corporate Recommendations
Petrol Cars
Diesel Cars
Alternative Fuel Cars

Government Recommendations
Petrol Cars
Diesel Cars
Alternative Fuel Cars

Executive Recommendations Saloon Cars
Sports Cars
Compact Cars
4x4 Vehicles


Choosing a car is one of the most environmentally-sensitive decisions you can make, therefore it is important that your decision takes into account all relevant issues, along with your own requirements from a vehicle.
Motoring on the Green Consumer Guide features the most environmentally-sound cars available in the UK today. Issues such as carbon dioxide emissions, miles per gallon and vehicle duty rating are taken into consideration, offering a comprehensive, subject specific guide.

Our recommended listings and search facilities allow you to find details of the greenest petrol, diesel or alternative fuelled vehicles to suit your needs.

Fuel types.


Petrol is the most commonly used vehicle fuel, and increasingly efficient manufacturing techniques combined with industry advancements such as unleaded and low-sulphur content is making petrol greener than ever before.


Diesel vehicles offer high miles to the gallon and low carbon dioxide output in relation to petrol models.

Alternative fuels.

Clean fuels like LPG and CNG produce less pollution that both petrol and diesel, and as a result are subject to less legislative taxation, such as Vehicle Excise Duty. Running costs are also relatively low due to supportive fuel duty rates.

Legislation and Programmes.

London Congestion Charge.

The Central London Congestion Charge obliges motorists entering the zone (between 7am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday) to pay £5. The move has been made primarily, as the name suggests, to combat congestion within the busy city centre, however environmental issues may come to the fore as the tax develops. Low emission alternative fuel vehicles are currently exempt from the charge, which has already brought about an increase in drivers and fleet managers opting for LPG/CNG conversions. Commuter use of increasingly environmentally-friendly buses is also expected to rise because of the charge.

Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty (GradVED)

Cars registered on or after 1st March 2001 qualify for the Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty, which bases taxation on carbon dioxide (co2) emissions. Cars registered previous to this date will be taxed by the engine size, under the old system.

Company Car Tax.

Since April 2002, company car tax began to be calculated in line with how much carbon dioxide (co2) a vehicle emits. Employees will be liable to a 15% tax charge with the lowest co2 emitting petrol vehicle, up to a 35% charge for the highest emitting petrol vehicle. The emissions figure to qualify for the 15% rate will be gradually reduced as vehicles become more efficient.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the vehicle model names, specifications, imagery and all other associated information presented in Motoring on the Green Consumer Guide is accurate, however all details listed are subject to change. Motoring on the Green Consumer Guide is intended to be an indicative listing only, based on currently available manufacturer and public domain information. Any action taken by the user of the website is solely the responsibility of the individual.



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