Electric and Hybrids vehicles are currently being manufactured by every car brand in the world or are in the planning stage to build an electric car from scratch. From BMW to Toyota, each model has been designed with a number of exceptional factors including interior space, exterior design and battery life. Today we’ll be looking at multiple car brands that are the most affordable to purchase in the UK market and to drive on a daily basis.
Toyota Prius Hybrid Edition
The Toyota Prius has been available in the market since 1997 when the model NHW10 was first launched to the public in Japan. However, the Prius only offered charging electric vehicles in 2012 when the Prius, as we know today was released to the worldwide market.
The most recommended model of the Prius are the models that were built in the early 2000s. The price of an average Prius in the United Kingdom can cost anywhere from £3,500 to £7,000. The Prius offers that much needed space for a large family and is also one of the notable vehicles currently being used as taxi’s in the UK fleet.
The new Toyota Prius has the ability to hit 0-60pmh in 7 seconds and can accelerate faster than the previous model as the hybrid-powertrain has been updated.
Honda Jazz Hybrid
The Honda Jazz has been available on the market since 2001 when the first generation was released, the car industry has seen a major change with this model with improved handling, size increase and the interior.
The new Jazz is now powered by 1.5 litre engine, electric motors and an electric drive-train. This model can cost you anywhere £8,000 to £14,000 depending the mileage, interior extras and year. This model has a top speed of 108mph and is able to reach 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid Electric
The Toyota Yaris is one of the most recognised model’s in the world. First introduced into Europe in the year 1999, this model has been around for quite a while. However, it was only in 2012 when Toyota decided to go Hybrid with the Yaris.
This model is small, compact and great for those that live in a busy city centre or find it difficult to park in tight places. This model is a mini version of the Prius and has a retail price from £5,500 to £10,000.
The vehicle has a front wheel drivetrain, upgraded interior and a 1.5 litre engine which emits 70g/km C02 meaning the owner does not have to pay road tax.
Hyundai Ioniq (2016)
Hyundai first produced the Iconiq in 2016, however was only launched to the public in Malaysia. This model has a similar design to the Toyota Prius, with a sleek body design and shape but is fitted with a 1.6litre petrol engine that generates 104bph, the electric motors are able to generate 43bhp with a electric real range of 115 miles. The vehicle is front wheel drive and is able to accelerate 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds.
With a price tag of £21,000 to £25,000, though this model was only in production from 2016 to 2019 it is one of market leaders next to Tesla and Polestar.
Vauxhall Ampera Hybrid Electric
Vauxhall is one of the oldest car manufactures in the world, founded in 1857 with the first vehicle built in 1903.
However, it was only in 2009 when the first Vauxhall Ampera was shown at the Geneva Motor Show. This model went on sale to the public near to end of 2011 and had received thousands of orders from car buyers across the world including Europe.
The Ampera is a plug in electric model which owners need to charge this vehicle at dedicated charging bays across the city or at home. The price for this vehicle varies as they are hard to come by with an estimated retail value from £4,000 to £10,400.
The engine is 1.4litre 85 horse power but also has a 16 kilowatt battery which can also be used. The battery also offers extended range for drivers and has exceptional handing and driving performance.