Electric Car UK (Reviews)December 5, 2016
Thinking of buying an electric car in the UK? A pure electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid or a range-extender? Before you buy, read our reviews of all electric cars on sale in the UK.
The range of cars below shows that now there really is an electric vehicle for everyone. Whether you want a pure electric car for use primarily in the city, or whether you want a sporty SUV, you can now buy such vehicles.
To help car buyers make the transition from fossil fuel-powered cars to electric cars, many manufacturers now offer plug-in hybrids. All plug-in hybrids on sale in the UK at this time have petrol engines – apart from one, the Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine. Petrol plug-in hybrids are cleaner in terms of emissions that impact on local air quality, but a diesel plug-in hybrid promises better fuel economy on longer journeys.
Many company car buyers will be attracted to petrol plug-in hybrids because of low Benefit in Kind (BIK) rates. However if an SUV with a petrol plug-in hybrid powertrain is bought or leased, and if this is used up and down the nation’s motorways, there will be disappointment with real-life fuel economy. Plug-in hybrids are designed to be used primarily on electric power, so less than 30 miles between charges in most cases, with occasional longer journeys.
Many pure electric cars have typically had real-life driving ranges of 80-100 miles over recent years, however all that is changing. Tesla offers up to 300 miles of electric driving, and many other manufacturers are soon bringing their own cars to market with similar driving ranges.
In the meantime, before you buy a plug-in vehicle, check out our reviews. Green Car Guide specialises in independent reviews of green cars, with a focus on whether a car is good to drive, and whether it’s efficient in real-life driving.