More drivers are committing to getting an eco-friendly vehicle to help reduce their impact on the environment. With petrol and diesel cars being banned from manufacture in 2030, more road users may be opting for something a little more environmentally friendly and also better for their pocket. Both hybrid and fully electric cars are classed as eco-friendly due to their less harmful impact on the environment. However, if you’re considering the switch. How do you know which is best? The guide below looks at each in more detail to help you decide.
Should I buy a plug-in hybrid car?
There are a number of hybrid cars to choose from but we’re going to compare electric cars with plug-in hybrids as they tend to be the most similar. A plug-in hybrid car is one that combine a small electric motor with a petrol or diesel engine. Petrol engines are the most popular form of combustion engine to pair with the electric motor though. A plug-in hybrid car can use its electric motor independently just like a full EV or simultaneously to help assist the petrol engine and when it’s depleted, it can be recharged by plugging the vehicle in. Typically, hybrid batteries tend to be much smaller than full EVs and will provide an electric only range of 30-40 miles when compared to around 200miles of zero emission driving in a fully electric vehicle. Due to the technology used within hybrid cars, they tend to have a higher purchase price than a petrol or diesel car. However, one of the main advantages of buying a hybrid car on finance is you can spread the cost into payments that suit you.
There are many benefits to getting a plug-in hybrid car:
- Reduced range anxiety because you have a combustion engine as back up when the EV range runs out.
- Lower fuel consumption when you use the electric range for your journey.
- Lower running costs as you will sue less fuel and can recharge the electric battery at a cheaper rate than refuelling with petrol or diesel.
Should you buy an EV?
The electric car has become more popular than ever, and it is the most eco-friendly vehicle you can buy today! The EV allows you to drive around with no harmful emissions produced and is powered solely by electric batteries. Unlike hybrid cars there’s no combustion engine involved, and the electrical range can be recharged at home or at a designated charging point. One of the biggest benefits of fully electric vehicle is the low running costs and the ability recharge at home at a much lower rate than refuelling with petrol or diesel. The average EV can offer around 200 miles of emission free driving which for many drivers covers more than their daily drive and then some! Electric cars can also be a lot more responsive as the torque provides instant acceleration. The only drawback really is the cost to purchase as they tend to be even more expensive than hybrid cars due to the technology involved. However, there are many used electric cars on the market now too.
Why you should consider an electric car:
- Promotes a cleaner environment through emissions free driving.
- More finance opportunities now to help spread the cost.
- No congestion charge to pay in UK ULEZ and CAZ zones.
- Save money on running costs.
- Efficient electric motors give lower maintenance fees.
How to decide which is right for you?
When you’re considering both hybrid and electric cars, we recommend that it comes down to two facts, your budget, and your daily commute.
If your budget can stretch to it, the benefits of fully electric vehicles can be endless. However, you will need to select a battery size that will compete with your daily commute and a bigger battery will cost more money. As mentioned above, there are used electric cars and also car finance available on electric cars to help with the cost but as always, car finance is subject to status and may not suit all drivers. Many EV drivers also argue that the low running costs of getting an electric car outweigh the high purchase price in the long run. If your budget is limited, a hybrid car may be perfect for your circumstances.
It can be very important to consider how often you drive and how far you drive every day to see if an electric or hybrid car will suit you best. Traditionally, electric cars work best over short ranges, but their improved electric ranges mean you can go much further. A hybrid car can actually be better for short journeys because if you drive within the electric range of the electric motor each day, you could benefit from a fully electric vehicle without the price tag! If you’re worried about running out of range whilst on the road, there are now more electric charging points than ever to get you going again.