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Buyer's guide: Electric Cars

Electric hybrid cars are gaining in popularity as more and more people look towards them as botha cost effective alternative to traditional cars, as well as a way they can help limit their carbon footprint. However giving the relative newness of the technologies available it's unsurprising that many consumers get confused by how electric hybrid cars operate and where to start looking for their new vehicle. In this guide we introduce you to the concept of electric cars, talk you through the process of purchasing one and look at the option of electric/traditional fuel hybrid cars.

Owning an electric car vs. a traditional car

A big difference between traditional and electric cars is the fat that electric cars don't need nearly as much servicing as their traditional car counterparts. You will additionally save an inordinate amount of money on using electricity, rather than fuel; and where previously people have struggled to find power points along their journey, they are becoming increasingly more common throughout the country.

Where to buy you electric hybrid car

Electric cars are now sold by multiple major car manufacturers and are now widely available; generally they should be available from your local garage, either in stock or through the garage "ordering in" system.

Whilst purchasing an electric hybrid car is today, easier than ever, you need to take time to research and shop around online. Garages can be notorious for having hard sell sales people, and you may find that you receive only biased information from them directly.

Top electric cars

1. Nissan Leaf Price: £23,490 including Government plug-in grant Drivetrain: Electric Approximate range: Up to 124 miles

2. Renault Twizy Price: from £6,795 Drivetrain: Electric Approximate range: About 60 miles

3. Smart ForTwo Electric Price: £15,395 including Government plug-in grant Drivetrain: Electric Approximate range: Up to 87 miles

Choosing an electric/traditional fuel car

If you're looking to gain from the financial benefits of owning an electric car, but still wish to avoid the inconvenience of having to recharge your car through an electrical port then you should choose an electric/traditional fuel hybrid car.

Top electric/traditional fuel hybrid cars

1. Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 Price: from £26,995 Drivetrain: Diesel/electric hybrid Approximate range: More than 400 miles

2. Honda Insight Price: from £20,100 Drivetrain: Petrol/electric hybrid Range: More than 300 miles

3. Lexus CT200h Price: from £21,995 Drivetrain: Petrol/electric hybrid Range: More than 300 miles

4. Toyota Prius Price: from £21,845 Drivetrain: Petrol/electric hybrid Range: More than 300 miles

5. Vauxhall Ampera Price: £29,995 including Government plug-in grant Drivetrain: Electric/petrol range-extended hybrid Approximate range: More than 300 miles

Whilst electric cars will certainly have more financial benefits than owning an electric/traditional fuel hybrid car there are certainly convenience considerations with having to find charging ports. For the time being at least it seems that electric/traditional fuel hybrid cars have the edge.

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