Although most people think that you have to spend big money to get an environmentally friendly car, we disagree. For proof, here's our list of today's top green car deals and incentives, which includes all the best incentives and offers available on our favorite fuel-efficient new models through the end of August.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid hatchback with a 4-cylinder engine, five doors and excellent fuel economy. Although the Volt can only travel around 30 miles on electric power alone, the car's gasoline engine is also surprisingly efficient. In August, the 2014 Volt is available with three incentives. For qualified shoppers interested in financing, Chevrolet is offering 0 percent interest for up to 48 months. For drivers who would rather lease, the Volt can be had with a 36-month term and payments from $269 per month after $2,679 down at lease signing. Finally, shoppers looking to pay in full can get up to $1,000 cash back on all 2014 Volt models.

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Ford Focus Electric

The Ford Focus Electric is a fully electric 5-door hatchback capable of traveling around 75 miles on a full charge. In August, the Focus Electric is offered with two incentives. For qualified shoppers interested in financing, Ford is touting a 0 percent interest rate for a whopping 72 months. Drivers interested in paying with cash can also get a good deal, as Ford is offering up to $6,000 cash back on all 2014 Focus Electric models. Both are excellent deals, especially when you factor in electric-vehicle tax credits offered by the federal government and various U.S. states.

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Kia Optima Hybrid

The Kia Optima Hybrid is a hybrid-powered midsize sedan that competes with fuel-efficient rivals such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid. In August, the Optima Hybrid offers a few excellent incentives as it nears replacement next year or in 2016. For qualified shoppers interested in financing, Kia has two deals available: 0.9 percent interest for up to 60 months or 1.9 percent for 72 months. Meanwhile, drivers looking to pay with cash can get up to $1,500 back. Finally, lease shoppers can get a 39-month term on the Optima Hybrid with payments from $259 per month and nothing down at lease signing.

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Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is a plug-in electric hatchback capable of traveling around 85 miles on a single charge. In August, the 2014 Leaf is offered with some excellent incentives that make the small hatchback an especially excellent deal. For qualified drivers interested in financing a Leaf, Nissan is offering 0 percent interest for up to 72 months -- a deal that also includes up to $3,500 cash back. It's an excellent offer, especially when you consider the tax rebates that Leaf ownership can bring. Nissan also has a good lease deal available this month for Leaf owners: a 36-month term with payments from $199 per month after $1,999 down at lease signing. Factor in gas savings, and it's one of the best new-car deals around.

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Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is a popular 5-door hatchback that offers front-wheel drive, 4-cylinder power, and fuel economy that reaches an Environmental Protection Agency-rated 51 miles per gallon in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. Although a new Prius is rumored to be on the way, the outgoing car is currently available with two excellent deals through the end of August. For qualified shoppers looking to finance a 2014 Prius, Toyota is offering 0 percent interest for up to 72 months. For drivers who would rather lease, Toyota is offering a 24-month term on the 2014 Prius with payments from just $239 per month after $2,638 down at lease signing.

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What it means to you: Our list of today's top green car deals and incentives proves that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a fuel-efficient new ride.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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