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Hybrid Vs Electric: The Perfect One fo You!

If you're thinking about picking up a new car and interested in picking up something that is a more fuel-efficient, then a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle has probably crossed your mind. They are all the range nowadays thanks to their stylish designs and economic benefits.

Differences Between Hybrid and Electric

Before we start talking which are the best electric vehicles and plug-ins its important that we make you aware of the key differences. First off and probably the most obvious is the engines themselves. With a plug-in hybrid, you get two engines one electric and one normal gasoline engine. Whereas with a fully electric vehicle, you only get one and that's the fully electric one.

The next difference is actually how far you can go on a single charge. As you can imagine with having too fit two engines into a hybrid you get a lot less storage space for the battery. With a hybrid, you will typically get about 30-40 miles out of each charge before the gasoline engine kicks. On the other hand with a fully electric vehicle, you can easily reach 100+ miles before you need to recharge.

Okay so now we have gone over some of the main differences I believe its time to start talking about some of the most popular ones on the market right now.

Plug-in Hybrids

Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid.

If you not keen on the idea of a fully electric VW golf then the new Golf GTE could be perfect for you. Described by Volkswagen as the child of their GTI and GTD models the GTE is the perfect balance of economy and class.

Housing a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a punchy little electric motor you get a pretty impressive 201bhp. As well as this the GTE can go from 0-62mph in about 7.6 seconds which is even faster than the GTD and only 1.1 seconds slower than the GTI. Meaning there is plenty of power under the hud.

The Golf GTE also has one of the lowest emission figures available. Thanks to these figures it actually means that it's completely free of tax and if you're in London you also qualify for exemption from the congestion charge. In fact, if you commute is theoretically less than 31miles you would never have to fill it with fuel.

Key Specs

Price: £33,035
Engine: 1.4-liter 4-cyl turbo petrol plus electric motor
Power: 201bph
Transmission: Six-speed auto, front-wheel drive 
0-62mph: 7.6 seconds
Top Speed: 138mph
Economy/CO2: 166mpg/35g/km

If you are thinking of picking up a Golf GTE then feel free to get in touch with us today. We offer both personal and business contract hire deals on the GTE so no matter what your needs we will be able to help.

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

While Toyota has gained cult status inside of the motor industry, the Prius is arguably the most famous model ever developed by Toyota. The Toyotas Prius range has become a landmark feature in the industry, and even though they have a drawn a certain type of driver the latest Prius Mk4 is defiantly worth looking at as a family car.

One of the biggest benefits of the new Mk4 is a more dynamic and forgiving platform which gives the Mk4 an agility older models just can't compete with. It's also backed up with lighter steering, stronger breaks and less body roll.

One thing that has been kept the same across all variations of the Prius is the 97bhp 1.8-liter VVT-i petrol engine on board. But, the guys over at Toyota has spent significant type improving the fuel economy of it. The reworked engine now delivers an impressive 94.1mpg on the combined cycle.

Key Specs

Price: £26,914
Engine: 1.8 Petrol Hybrid
Power: 122bhp
Transmission: From 70mpg/km
0-62mph: 7.7 Seconds
Top Speed: 102mph
Economy/CO2: From 70mpg/km

If you are thinking of picking up a Toyota Prius then feel free to get in touch with us today. We offer both personal and business contract hire deals on the Prius so no matter what your needs we will be able to help.

Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model S Electric Vehicle

The Tesla Model S is currently the benchmark in the industry right now. Its impressive acceleration and hi-tech cabin make it an appealing option for early adopters. While many top hybrid models are priced at a similar range the all-electric Model S actually outperforms a large majority of them.

Of course, all of the benefits don't come without its downsides. The biggest is its need to be regularly tethered to a charged whereas with its hybrid rivals they can simply pop by a petrol station and fill up.

If you are someone who doesn't mind living with Tesla's range limitations, then it is actually one of the most rewarding all-electric vehicles around. While the Models S is packed with all of the latest technology you will find it actually very roomy and practical too.

Key Specs

Price: £60,000
Engine: P100D Electric Motor
Power: 503bhp
Transmission: 1-speed fixed gear (9.73:1) 
0-62mph: 2.5 Seconds (With top-spec Model S)
Top Speed: 155mph

If you are thinking of picking up a Tesla Model S then feel free to get in touch with us today. We offer both personal and business contract hire deals on the Model S so no matter what your needs we will be able to help.

BMW i3 Hatchback

At the start of the development of the i3 BMW started from the ground up and took a fully eco car approach to it. When compared with its rivals such as the Audi A3 e-tron you tend to find that the BMW is a lot more relaxing and a much stronger performer.

Even though the BMW i3 has been around since mid-2013 it still manages to provide an experience that feels and looks more advanced than its rivals. This is thanks to BMW's innovation and forward head thinking. The design for the i3 actually comes from a concept car designed in 2010 called the Mega City Vehicle.

It won't take you too long behind the wheel before you start to feel that familiar feeling you get with other BMW's. If you opt for the pure electric version of the i3, then you get an electric motor with an impressive 168bhp. Thanks to its powerful electric motor and lightweight structure the i3 are surprisingly fast and can reach 0-60 in just 7.2 seconds.

Key Specs

Price: £33,340
Engine: 125 kW 
Power: 168 bhp
Transmission: Single speed with fixed ratio
0-62mph: 7.2 Seconds
Top Speed: 93mph

If you are thinking of picking up a BMW i3 then feel free to get in touch with us today. We offer both personal and business contract hire deals on the i3 so no matter what your needs we will be able to help.