Even with the recent changes to electric vehicle grants, the continued rise in popularity has pushed manufacturers to design green vehicles that are both stylish and fuel-efficient.
We wanted to explore some of the most economical vehicles from 2018, in the hope that it gives you the inspiration you need if you’re planning on upgrading your existing car, or would like to incorporate greener vehicles into your fleet.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show, the Jaguar i-Pace is the first all-electric Jaguar on sale. Even though it’s powered by electricity, the reviews are great. It still steers, brakes and accelerates like a Jaguar should, but there is still plenty of room inside for multiple passengers. Jaguar claims that the i-Pace has a range of 298 miles, and charge times from 0-80% in 40 minutes, using a rapid 100kW DC public charger.
Tesla Model 3
No list would be complete without a Tesla. One of the most hotly anticipated vehicles this year, the Tesla Model 3 comes with a clean body, a distinctive yet practical interior layout and an impressive 0-60 time of roughly 5.6 seconds. With an electric motor, the standard model gives drivers a range of roughly 220 miles, whereas the Long Range model has a range of 310 miles per charge.
One of the smaller electric vehicles on the market, the Renault Zoe is ideal for businesses or individuals that regularly drive in urban locations. The range may not have been great when this model first came out, but with changes introduced in 2018 it now claims to have a battery range of up to 250 miles on the official battery cycle.
Hyundai Kona Electric
With plenty of space for a family of four, the Kona EV comes in two different styles. The standard model is reported to come with a range of 194 miles, and the range extender model says that it can go up to 300 miles per charge. For those of us used to being connected whilst on the road, Apply CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard in all models, but if you would prefer to keep your phone out of sight, then the navigation system and traditional FM/DAB radio works well.
Nissan Leaf (2018)
With an approximate range of 235 miles per charge, the newly designed Nissan Leaf has been given an upgrade when compared to the 2010 model, and now comes with a bigger battery, improved drive and plenty of trim tiers to give different price options. ProPilot (for semi-autonomous driving) is an optional extra, and once again Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be included. The design may be understated, but when compared to more deluxe models (think about the Tesla Model X) it is a fantastic vehicle for businesses and families alike.
Remember, these vehicles are just a selection of the models that have been released over the last 12 months. As technology advances and the Government bodies focus on reducing carbon emissions in our towns and cities, you can be sure that there are going to be further developments during 2019.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all well during the festive period, and if you have been inspired to make a move into greener driving, then we can help.
Our team are able to source a vehicle that matches your budget, regardless of whether you need it for business or personal use. Get in touch with them today and find out how much you could save on an electric or PHEV vehicle lease.