Electric cars are taking off! With more than 150,000 plug-in cars on the road, up 50% over the past year, drivers are looking to ditch more traditional engines - but which one should you buy? And is electric the right road to head down for you?
Like traditional cars, electric vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, and which EV is best for you will depend on a variety of factors. You will need proper access to charging points at work and home, so you can top up your battery enough to meet your typical daily range.
If you often make long journeys make sure that your local roads and motorways have the infrastructure to support charging en route, or consider an alternative like a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. These mix battery technology and petrol and diesel power which will help you stay on the road when pure electric range simply isn't enough.
The Volkswagen e-Golf (EV)
The Volkswagen e-Golf keeps everything you liked about the Golf, and wraps it in a cleaner, silent, electric package. The electric motor doesn't compromise on technology or performance. It is kitted out with satellite navigation, smartphone integration (including MirrorLink). Impressively, the e-Golf has an impressive range of 186 miles (NEDC)** and the simple to use driving profile settings allow you to optimise energy efficiency or maximise the car's power!
The Golf GTE (Hybrid)
The Golf GTE is a plug-in hybrid which means you can drive with electricity and drive with petrol. The Golf GTE has a pure electric range of just 31 miles - much lower than the e-Golf , but with the petrol engine you can travel much further without having to stop and charge. However, like the e-Golf the GTE is full of the latest technology to give you a safe and comfortable journey.
The up! is perfect for city living and this electric version is no different! Ready to drive you into the future of motoring the e-up! has a range of up to 99 miles on a single charge**. Additionally, a public high-speed DC charging station will charge your e-up in just 30 minutes, while an at home wall box gets the job done in 6 hours. So you can fully charge your car while you're doing your weekly shop, or overnight when you're at home!
Passat Saloon and Passat Estate
The Passat Saloon and the Passat Estate have both moved over to the green side with their GTE equivalents - the Passat GTE in saloon and Estate. Just like the Golf GTE they rely on two engines that they switch between for optimum performance: an innovative electric motor and a conventional petrol engine. Similarly, their range is not as large as the e-up! and e-Golf, but the hybrid technology means you can travel further for longer without having to stop.
Electric Vehicles to keep an eye out for...
The electric vehicle segment is beginning to gain mainstream appeal. The rate progression in electric vehicles has been remarkable. Previously electric cars were seen as extremely 'niche' with fully electric vehicles only accounting for a tiny proportion of total car sales, but things are beginning to change...
- Superb plug-in hybrid
- Vision E
- SEAT Born
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**The actual range achieved in realistic conditions differs from this result during normal driving operation and is dependent on driving style, speed, use of comfort features or auxiliary equipment, ambient temperature, number of passengers/load, choice of driving profile (Normal, ECO, ECO+), and terrain