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Recently, the government announced petrol and diesel cars and vans would be banned from the year 2040.

As behaviour towards our climate and atmosphere change, car owners are becoming more interested about leading sustainable lives and considering electric vehicles.

With the movement towards a greener future and mission to clean the air, we have put together a list of the best hybrid cars and electric cars to buy, making sure you're ready for our ecologically friendly future.

BMW i3 eDrive

The BMW i3 eDrive is the world's first all-electric mass production model. Designed for thrill-seekers and the climate-conscious, the BMW i3 eDrive emits zero emissions or odours and can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds.

The i3 eDrive is one of the most stylish fully electric cars in the world, and alongside being an absolute pleasure to drive, the battery is guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles.

Innovative systems in the i3 eDrive will not only make your drive the most comfortable, but the easiest too. Driver assistance systems make parking worry-free and the Driving Assistant Plus package warns you about oncoming collisions, automatically maintaining speed and distance when necessary.

BMW i3 eDrive Range Extender, a double of the original eDrive, is the addition of a petrol-powered generator, so drivers have the option of a hybrid BMW too. When the battery runs out, the petrol-powered generator will fire up and ensure you can still enjoy your journey with ease.

Sustainability has been thought about during every point of the BMW i3 range's production, they are the perfect town cars and aim to change the mindset of a new era.

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BMW i8

All about power, with the addition of super efficiency, BMW has created the most progressive hybrid sports car ever.

The concept was to create a stunning, powerful, sculpted car with two focal points: efficiency and driving dynamics. The ground-breaking sustainability BMW has produced with the i8 is unlike anything seen before.

Inside, you'll find innovative BMW i ConnectedDrive solutions, to keep joined to your car always. This even includes a BMW i Remote App, connecting you your car to find out its exact location and charge level.

Smart technology doesn't stop there, though, the BMW i8 Professional Navigation System was developed to make your drive as easy and comfortable as possible - as well as letting you know where your nearest charging stations are.

The combination of incredible driving experience, revolutionary efficiency and explosive power makes the BMW i8 a truly ground-breaking car.

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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid not only drastically reduces fuel consumption and emissions, it provides an outstanding driving experience, with extreme power and superb comfort.

With an impressive twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6, providing 456bhp and chasing 0-62mph in a rapid 4.6 seconds, the Panamera E-Hybrid can cover 30 miles on electric energy alone.

It's not only the power and performance that will blow the driver of this Porsche away, the design is better than ever. The cabin is spacious and hosts an outstanding ultra-high-definition infotainment system, including Porsche Connect with a whole range of apps keeping you in touch with the world.

The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid does exactly what it says it will, combines practicality and performance equally. If you're looking for an electric everyday car with that extra edge, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is perfect for you.

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MINI Countryman SE Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

Versatile and spacious with impeccable handling and powerful performance, the Mini Countryman offers it all.

For an SUV, the Countryman's power is very impressive, with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor, going from 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds. The MINI Countryman S E plug-in also falls into the lowest car tax bracket and only emits emissions 49g/km.

The Auto eDrive does all the thinking for you in the MINI Countryman PHEV, it understands the most efficient way of driving based on your speed, acceleration and battery status.

Alongside Auto eDrive, drivers have the option of MAX eDrive and Save Battery Mode to ensure the Countryman PHEV is consistently as efficient as it possibly can be - working towards a greener future.

Technology-wise, the stunning display has multiple options, depending on how the driver would like to read system information - a fun feature is the LED lighting around the infotainment system.

A family car, with a spacious interior, large boot, excellent handling and impressive performance - The MINI Countryman S E All4 plug-in hybrid is perfect if you're looking for an economical way to transport your family around town.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 350e

The stunning, sophisticated, new C-Class 350e provides the performance of a sports car with the addition of a powerful electric motor.

Using the most advanced hybrid technology, the C350's battery is water-cooled and mounted under the rear axle to maximise crash safety.

The hybrid car can zoom from zero to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds, with the help of its 7-speed automatic transmission and extra clutch between the combustion engine and electric motor.

Drivers can choose between several operating modes depending on which engine they intend on using; Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge are all available.

Incredible technology in the Mercedes C350e allows the driver to set the desired temperature in the car before they set off - by just pressing a button.

A practical, refined, stunning hybrid car for those wanting to lower emissions without compromising on power or style.

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