Green transport more accessible thanks to new launches

The coming year is set to be "an exciting 12 months" for the development of green cars, with a number of eco-friendly vehicles expected to increase in stature.

This is according to, which said the 2009 saw green cars move into the mainstream, having previously been perceived as a niche market.

One of its top green cars for 2010 is the Mini Beachcomber, which will make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show towards the end of January.

Together with reduced vehicle carbon emissions, the Beachcomber will "take the brand into all-wheel-drive territory for the first time", and, according to the website, be among the "most economical" cars in its sector.'s top recommendation, however, is the Nissan LEAF. Boasting a top speed of 87mph, the car has an impressive range of 100 miles and can be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity in approximately half an hour.

In addition to its green credentials, the LEAF has advanced airbags, a Nissan navigation system and a premium audio system.

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