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Greener on the Other Side - Eco-cars to look out for in 2014

Tesla Model X

With the environmental impacts of fuel emissions constantly causing concern, the future of driving may well rely on the ability of innovative engineers to perfect the technology of hybrid, electric and low-emission cars. In 2013 great steps were made towards making the alt-tech car a viable option for the future of the automobile, with the electric Tesla scoring high points across the board. What will 2014 hold in store for the green car? We take a look at some anticipated newcomers.

Tesla Model X

Following quickly on the heels of their hugely successful Model S, Tesla's Model X should be rolling out later this year. Tesla have further refined their electric technology, promising 0-60 in under 5 seconds and enhanced all-wheel-drive capabilities. It looks pretty futuristic too, with Back To The Future DeLorean-style "falcon wing" doors that allow easy access to the car in even the tightest parking spots.

Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron Plug In

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Plug-in Hybrid

This is Audi's first plug-in hybrid and they're not pulling any punches. The sporty chassis conceals a powerful four-cylinder turbo 1.4 petrol engine and a 75 kW electric motor. In electric mode only, the e-tron can cover up to 30 miles without needing a recharge and it can reach speeds of around 80 mph.

Volswagen XL1 Plug In Hybrid

Volkswagen XL1 Plug-in Hybrid

Looking like it's just been driven straight off the set of an awesome 80s sci-fi movie, the VW XL1 is suitably equipped for the future, showcasing some truly impressive eco-technology. It has been dubbed the word's most efficient hybrid car, offering a fuel economy of 313 mpg with Co2 emissions dropping to just 21 g/km.

Via Vtrux

Via VTrux

Via have been working hard to produce the world's first collection of all-electric long-range trucks, SUVs and vans. The VTrux combines excellent battery efficiency with all the benefits of a larger vehicle, including all-terrain capabilities. Via claim that it performs as well or better than any petrol-based counterpart. Its 402 hp electric motor is said to have the same power as a V-8 engine, and will give you up to 40 miles of driving before needing to be recharged.

BMW i8

BMW i8

Green cars don't have to be boring, and this is the proof. The BMW i8 has all the style of a supercar, without all the emissions. This plug-in hybrid contains a three-cylinder twin turbo engine and a 131 hp electric motor, all wrapped up in an ultra-lightweight chassis. Fuel efficiency is predicted to be as low as 2.5 litres/100 km and Co2 emissions less than 59 g/km.