Green cars are officially sexy. No longer are they small, ugly, plodding electric commuters - they're speedy, exciting, desirable sports cars. Inhabitat has compliled a list of the 5 sexiest models, which makes for an interesting read. Unfortunately for you though, 5th and 3rd place are only concept cars, 2nd place isn't in production, and 4th place is only produced at a rate of 25 per year. We thought we'd have our own say too, and have compiled our own list of the top 10 sexiest green cars. Read it after the jump. ::Inhabitat
Getting people into smaller, more efficient cars is an important goal, and making exciting small cars is a vital step towards this. Take a Smart car, add an 180hp GSXR1000 Suzuki motorcycle engine, and you get an exciting small car - 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and 132mph. Not the most economical car on our list, but one of the most fun.
The Aurora is a solar research car, so you can't buy one. It's very real though, and has been setting records for years. The sleek looks and absolutely zero emissions means that this must deserve a place in our list, even if it is only number 9.
Not available yet, but in development, the Zap-X looks to be a very affordable and desirable sporty electric car. Its makers, Zap, are a well established and renowned manufacturer, so the chances of this making it into production are pretty high, and we're pretty excited to see what they come up with. Lotus is lending a hand with the engineering, and a top speed of 155mph is expected.
7. Lola B2K
The B2K competed in the Le Mans 24 hour, using a bio-fuel blend. Its higher fuel-economy meant fewer pit-stops and more racing, enabling it to keep up with slightly faster traditional cars.
6. Audi R10 TDI
Audi's diesel race car was so successful that race organisers imposed a handicap to level the playing field. It went on to win the 12 Hours of Sebring race anyway, even with a puncture that cost two laps.
5. PML Mini QED
This modified hybrid mini has a top speed of 150 mph, and a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds. It uses four 160bhp electric motors, one for each wheel, and uses a small gasoline engine to charge the batteries for a longer range.
4. Eco One
This is no concept, but isn't available for purchase either. The Eco One takes sustainability even further than some of the cars in this list - as well as sustainable fuel, the production materials are all renewable too. Seating one, the One can reach 150mph flat out, and does 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds. Due to its unusual construction it is also 95% biodegradable.
Its bold design is confusing but attractive - definitely one that will turn heads. Its top speed isn't spectacular, at 105 mph, but its acceleration is typically electric - 0-60mph in 5 seconds. The price for this performance though is just too high to be practical, at a staggering $660,000.
An all-electric car produced in England, the Lightning has 700 bhp and will sprint from 0 to 60mph in 4 seconds.
Another all-electric sports car made in the UK, the Tesla has similar performance to the Lightning. It's heavily based on the Lotus Elise though, so should have unbelievable handling. With a top speed of 130mph, and a 0-60mph time of about four seconds, this is one exciting green car.