We all want to do our bit for the environment, especially where our transport is concerned. But, with so many options available on the market, which is better for the planet and is there one that’s better suited to your way of life?
Between petrol, hybrid and electric, the choices are almost endless, so we’re here to help you on your way to making that all important decision. Whether you’ve saved up to splash out on your new set of wheels or are looking at alternative ways of financing your purchase, here’s what you need to know about each type of car.
Petrol (or diesel) cars are one that many of us are used to driving. Nowadays, cars that run on fuel tend to be a lot more economical than they used to be, thanks to new technologies and developments in the industry.
You’ll know that a petrol engine does tend to pack a powerful punch, even if it’s a small size. They also have cheaper parts when compared to their electric or hybrids counterparts. One of the main downsides has to be the environmental impact. They may have improved but they’re still not completely green to run unfortunately. And, with the Government’s plan to eventually phase out these types of cars, is it worth investing in one anymore?
An electric vehicle is simply a car that runs solely on electricity and therefore produces no exhaust emissions. They can also be known as battery electric vehicles, which can be charged by plugging the car into a socket/power outlet. According to the latest Department for Transport report, there were 19,487 public electric charging devices available in the UK, meaning it’s getting even easier to travel and charge your car.
As far as benefits are concerned, the fact they boast zero emissions is probably the biggest! Plus, they’re much quieter on the road and also much cheaper to refuel. However, although ranges have improved in recent years, some have long charging times and poor predicted residual value.
Hybrid cars combine the best of both worlds – an internal combustion engine with an electric motor and batteries. It might not be as green as a full electric car, but hybrids do tend to use less fuel and produce less emissions than a congenitally powered car.
If you’re driving around the city, these cars are among the best as they’re incredibly economical in stop-start traffic. This is because the electric motor gets used the most and all the braking you’re doing boosts the batteries. One of the main negatives is that as soon as you drive out of town or the city, your fuel economy tends to become worse. This is because the batteries tend to make the car heavy and electric batteries run out of charge at higher speeds. City life, yes. Country life, maybe not.
We know that deciding on your next set of wheels can be a challenge. Weigh up the pros and cons of each type and whether they’re well suited to your lifestyle and needs, that way you’re sure to make the right choice.