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Hold the juice: Green car buyers wait on electric

While everyone's no doubt heard that 2010 is the year electric cars are to debut in the United States, it hasn't happened yet. So for now, at least, the greenest cars on the market are still Honda's natural-gas powered Civic GX and hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic.

That's according to the latest annual ranking of the "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

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The all-electric Chevrolet Volt, shown above on display at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, and Nissan Leaf aren't scheduled to appear on the market until the latter half of the year.

Other cars making the group's greenest top 12 for the first time include: Honda Insight, the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan Hybrid and the Hyundai Accent Blue.

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While "clean diesel" cars are hot in Europe, they aren't making much of a dent in the US market, the group reports, probably because of the steep sticker price.

ACEEE's "meanest" listing of least fuel-efficient vehicles hasn't changed much either, including heavy-duty trucks and SUVs and luxury European vehicles like the Lamborghini Murcielago.

To see all the listings and read the report, go here.

(Photo: Bloomberg)

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