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Electric and low emission vehicles are becoming more and more popular on Britain’s roads and with the government banning the sale of internal combustion vehicles from 2030 they will soon become the only option for all drivers. In 2021 however consumers and businesses are becoming more aware of climate change and how we/they can make a difference. With most manufacturers also now adding electric and low emission vehicles to their model range along with the increased range due to better battery technology and the ease of use due to the increased network of electric charging infrastructure is now the time to jump on the electric/low emission bandwagon?

Please see below a guide to the current types of low emission vehicles that are currently available today:-

Pure Electric

Pure electric vehicles rely on only fuel source to run and this is the battery. Batteries vary in size and capacity. These vehicles have zero emissions. They are mostly suitable for short urban journeys however newer models have increased range. Home or workplace charging is an absolute must. Examples include: - Audi, E-Tron, Kia Niro, DS3, Jaguar I Pace, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot E208, Tesla Model 3.

Extended range EV

These vehicles only use one fuel source to run which is electric from batteries however the difference is that there is a generator powered by petrol/diesel to recharge the electric batteries once they have depleted. This increases the range of the vehicle making them more suitable for longer urban/ out of town driving. Examples include:- BMW I3

Plug in Hybrid 

These vehicles have an internal combustion engine and an electric motor powered by batteries that need to be recharged at home or a workplace. Due to the larger battery capacities, they can run longer in electric only mode. Certain models do allow you to run in different modes to fit the road conditions. To obtain the best performance they are best when regularly charged and used on high frequency short journeys within or around town as the pure electric mode will have a range of between 10 and 50 miles dependant on model. Examples Include: - Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Volvo XC40, XC60 PHEV, Skoda Superb PHEV, Mercedes C300e, Mercedes E300e, BMW 330e, BMW 530e

Hybrid

Hybrid vehicles use both a combustion engine and electric motors to run and works best with lots of acceleration and braking as the battery is recharged regeneratively using the brakes. These are the less fuel efficient and have the highest emissions however are much more beneficial to the environment than conventional combustion vehicles. They are best used for mixed driving profiles and stop start traffic. We will carry out a full suitability consultation at enquiry stage to make sure that the vehicles that we find are the most suitable to meet your companies and drivers requirements so make sure that the vehicle meets its purpose throughout the contract period. Examples Include: - Toyota Prius, Hyundai Kona, Lexus UX, IS RX, Ford Mondeo, Ford Puma 

More Information on Low Emission Vehicles

Here is Vicky Parrott from Driving ELectric with more information in relation to the types of Electric and Low Emission Vehicles available today.