I read an article from the Environmental Transport Agency (ETA) a few weeks back suggesting that “green” cars are too expensive. The example they used was of a VW Polo 1.4 TDI BlueMotion, a diesel car fitted with advanced filters. The technology benefits the driver with increased fuel efficiency and a lower CO2 output (just 99g/km). However, the report calculates that for Polo owners to re-coup the cost of paying for this version over a standard Polo, they’d have to drive 78,000 miles over 6 and a half years.
For those looking to buy a green car there is a good buyers guide on the ETA website which will help you assess a car’s green credentials. But it does beg the question, would you pay more for a “green” car?