Last updated on September 21st, 2023
Several manufacturers are working on ultra-low emission cars. Many of them have released at least one model already. This is great news for those who are looking to go green. Plus, you can get some huge benefits from driving them. If you live in the UK, you can expect as much as £5,000 taken off the purchase price. These low emission cars can have ranges up to 700 miles before needing a top up. It can also cost as low as 2p a mile to run them. Thanks to government initiatives in the UK, manufacturers are working harder than ever. Here are some of your best choices if you want to go for low emissions.
The Volkswagen Golf has been a family favorite amongst many drivers. Now they have also released the Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid. It has a range of 580 miles. If you want to go all-electric, it can run for 31 miles. That means no tailpipe emissions and a very low running cost. It is therefore perfect for people who live within 15 miles of their workplace.
The Nissan Leaf is very popular at the moment. With a great price after government help, it can be cheaper than their lower range models. It has become a real emblem of the electric car movement. Even the name evokes the idea of driving green. It has a range of up to 124 miles on just one single charge. This makes it very effective and low cost. If you work within 60 miles of your home, you can easily charge just once a day. They have now even developed a people carrier with seven seats. This is the eNV200 Combi. It has a range of 106 miles and can also come in a van format.
Renault had also come up with their own option, the Zoe. It is designed for families with great styling. There is enough space for a group to travel daily. If you don’t need the space, they have you covered with a smaller sibling. The Twizy has just two seats. It is fully electric and starts from just under £7,000. It is a fantastic solution for short trips or those who only need to take themselves around. It is great for urban areas too, thanks to the small size.
The Toyota Prius is perhaps the most famous green car. Their flagship model is a plug-in with some great features. It can run on petrol or electric power with a hybrid engine. When used just in electric mode, you can travel 15.5 miles after charging for 90 minutes. However, with hybrid mode engaged, you can go for 700 miles on a full tank. This gives a huge amount of scope.
BMW may be a little more expensive, but this is to be expected. The higher-end car range delivers both a hybrid and an all-electric car. These are the i8 and the i3. The i3 has a range of up to 100 miles. It can also do 186 miles if you add the petrol range extender.