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The Beating Spirit Car Running Costs Comparison tool allows you to compare running costs for all new cars on the market.

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Vehicle tax rate tables

Vehicle tax rate tables

Vehicle tax rate tables showing the cost of tax discs starting from 1 April 2014. You can also find the VED band, as well as CO2 and mpg, for all new cars in our Car Running Costs Comparison tool on the Beating Spirit home page.

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How does the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) fuel economy test work?

How does the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) fuel economy test work?

It’s widely accepted that the official NEDC fuel economy test for new cars does not accurately represent the real-life miles per gallon that motorist can expect, but how is the NEDC test carried out?

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Official fuel economy v real-life fuel economy: what happens when you threaten to challenge the car manufacturer in court

Official fuel economy v real-life fuel economy: what happens when you threaten to challenge the car manufacturer in court

Are you disappointed with the real-life fuel economy of your car compared to the official figure? Many people are, and here’s why. The official combined miles per gallon figure for new cars is calculated in a way that is totally unrepresentative of most people’s driving, and therefore virtually all drivers will find it extremely hard to achieve the official figures.

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The UK’s first electric car ‘street of the future’

The UK’s first electric car ‘street of the future’

Question: What happens when a number of electric cars on the same street plug in and recharge at the same time? Answer: In some cases the cable connecting the houses to the local substation may become overloaded – and people’s lights may go off.

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How the UK may be able to develop its own Tesla

How the UK may be able to develop its own Tesla

Tesla has developed its own zero emission automotive technology and has brought it to market in less than ten years, beating the much larger, well established car makers at their own game. Can the UK develop innovative low carbon automotive technology and commercialise it?

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The Top 20 Green Cars at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

The Top 20 Green Cars at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

These are the Top 20 Green Cars at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, live from the show –  if you’re looking to buy a new car in the next 12 months then you should read this first, as these cars will either be on sale in the next year or will give an indication about what’s coming.

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Top 10 Green Company Cars

Top 10 Green Company Cars

bmw-520d-ed-000.jpgThese are our Top 10 Green Company Cars for business drivers who spend much of their time on a motorway, so low emissions, low Benefit in Kind tax rates and high real-life fuel economy are important, along with comfort, stability and good performance.

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Top 10 Green Cars

Top 10 Green Cars

bmw-330d-subaru-brz-000.jpgThese are Beating Spirit’s Top 10 Green Cars. These are the cars that we would buy with our own money. They are included here if they are efficient AND they are great cars to drive, NOT because they have the highest official combined miles per gallon figure.

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Top 10 Best MPG Cars

Top 10 Best MPG Cars

vauxhall-ampera-1000.jpgThese are the Top 10 Best MPG Cars. These are all cars that run on petrol or diesel, even though some can also be plugged in to the mains – in which case the official miles per gallon figure may be very high, and difficult to achieve in real-life driving.

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