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Ten Hybrid and Electric Cars you should own
Much like Bob Dylan in the Sixties, there has been a certain amount of resistance to
going electric. The poor performance, terrible battery life and premium price tags of early electric cars ensured that the dominance of petrol-guzzling cars remained unchallenged for many years after they were introduced. cars-01 The good news is that improvements in
have ironed out some of the glitches and brought prices within touching distance of their gas-based cousins. The performance of these vehicles is much improved too – the Tesla P85D Model S “Ludicrous Speed” can do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds! The invention of the hybrid car – part electric, part petrol - offers many of the benefits of electric cars whilst retaining the distance and ease of refueling of petrol vehicles. Hybrid vehicles have incredible fuel efficiency, with some models getting as much as 100 miles per gallon. When you add in the fact that many countries offer substantial financial incentives for ‘going green’ and driving either a hybrid or plug-in car, it’s definitely worth a look at some of the best cars on the market.
cars-02 The Toyota Prius is the most popular hybrid on the market. It has sold over 1.5 million units worldwide since introduction and is still going h3. Primarily built for nipping around town, the newest Prius boasts a staggering 94.1 MPG, putting it in the top fuel efficiency range. Though it is so ugly even speed cameras refuse to take a picture, it is still a great option if you’re looking for an environmentally friendly town runabout that saves you money.
cars-03 Sleek and sporty looking, the Peugot 308 is a hot hatch with nearly 500 BHP and can hit 0-60 in under four seconds. It’s just a concept car at the moment but its performance and tasty looks make it one to own if it ever goes into mass production. Given that the petrol only version has a consumption of 61.4 MPG, the hybrid version is sure to present amazing fuel savings.
CHEVROLET MALIBU HYBRID
cars-04 The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is one of the highest ranked hybrids in the mid-car range. Though it doesn’t have much range when full-electric, it offers a respectable 48 MPG hybrid, which beats most of the other cars in its class. All in all, the Malibu is a fantastic option for those looking to upgrade their family sedan.
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV
cars-05 While a green SUV might be considered something of an oxymoron, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a great option for eco-friendly off-roaders who want to help maintain the beautiful environments they drive through. It also makes for a guilt-free school run with a claimed 148 MPG.
cars-06 The BMW i8 is one of the best looking hybrid cars available today. With 362 horsepower and the ability to hit 60-mph in roughly 4.5 seconds it’s certainly no slouch. It boasts impressive eco-credentials too with up to 76 MPG. Its future styling and careful engineering makes this a great option for a high-end hybrid.
cars-07 The first pure electric car on this list, the Nissan Leaf is a global sales phenomenon – beating out all other electric-only competition worldwide. It is relatively cheap for an electric car, which may go some way to explaining its global appeal. Its range is pretty limited at around 84 miles off a single charge but the interior is spacious and comfortable for the car class.
cars-08 With the same cute Italian styling of its petrol-fuelled relative, the Fiat 500e is a great choice for an electric-only town car. It has a range of up to 100 miles and is incredibly compact. It is ideal for squeezing into tiny parking spaces and looking chic about town.
cars-09 The VW Golf is a classic small family car and its electric version is no exception. It has all the speed and performance you might expect from a Golf but in electric form. It reaches 118 miles on a single charge and can be 80 percent fast charged in just half an hour. It comes with all the extras that you might expect from everyone’s favourite sporty hatch. Probably the best car to cary sport equipment.
TESLA MODEL X
cars-10 The Model X raises the bar for people carriers. It can hit 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and can travel 250 miles on a single charge. It has incredible handling and intelligent doors that open like eagle wings. This offering from Tesla isn’t cheap but you feel every penny of the price tag in the quality drive it offers.
TESLA MODEL S PD90
cars-11 The Tesla Model S PD90 has been given the name ‘Ludicrous Speed’ and its easyh to see why. IT is the first four door production car to break the 3 second barrier, going from 0- 60 in a mind boggling 2.8 seconds. With a range of around 265 miles per charge, the Model S is the posterboy of electric sedans.