2011 has so far been a very exciting year indeed for the green car. With yet more lean, green, smog-fighting machines scheduled for release in 2012, more and more customers are on the lookout for cheap car insurance quotes on the market for electrics and hybrids, and are being offered genuinely low, cheap car insurance. Also, the introduction of a long list of government incentives for electric and hybrid cars means that the needs of car lovers, budgeters and environmentalists alike are being satisfied as they’re offered more and more choice with the launch of high-quality, financially viable models – and cars that are just perfect for regular city jaunts.
With zero emissions and being powered by lithium-ion batteries, the LEAF is the world's very first five-seater, zero-emission mid-sized hatchback that’s capable of going for between 80 and 100 miles. Awarded 2011 European Car of the Year and released in March this year, the LEAF’s electric motor provides over 80kW drive to the wheels, and takes only 30 minutes to charge to 80 per cent of full capacity or eight hours to 100 per cent charge. Eligible for the Plug-in-Car Grant and a whole host of other exemptions and discounts, this really is the city car to watch. Prices start from £23,990.
Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4
The 3008 Hybrid is the world’s first diesel-electric hybrid and comes in the form of SUV, MPV and hatchback, offering fans fantastic choice. The 2.0 HDi diesel engine produces 163bhp and is aided by a 200bhp electric motor, which can run autonomously to separately drive the front and rear wheels, or can be run concurrently in four-wheel-drive mode. The vehicle size vs CO2 emission ratio (just 99g/km) is impressively low. The 3008 doesn’t qualify for the Plug-in Car Grant, but indeed does for reduced fuel costs, zero road tax as well as exemption from the London Congestion Charge.
Peugeot iOn & Citroen C-Zero
Mitsubishi and PSA Peugeot-Citroen have teamed up to produce two French versions of the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and unlike previous battery-electric models, this car will be a good sturdy 4-seater. Both models use a 64bhp electric motor, which enables the vehicle to reach 62mph in 16 seconds, reaching a healthy maximum 80mph. It also takes seven hours to charge to full capacity (equating to 93 miles), while 80 per cent power can be reached in just half an hour. This car will set you back £415 a month over 48 months/40,000 miles, and this price includes servicing, batteries and warranty.
Lexus CT 200h hybrid
The CT 200h entered the prestige small-family-car market in February this year, starting at just £23,485, and was hailed as being among the best in its class. Happily, the CT qualifies for exemption from the London Congestion Charge and comes zero-rated for road tax. And what’s more, there’s good news for business customers - this car also qualifies for a 100% write-down in its first year according to the Enhanced Capital Allowances scheme, while it also has a company car BIK rate of a mere 10 per cent.
Renault Clio eco-champion
Renault’s lowest CO2 models were awarded the title of ‘eco-champions’ earlier this year, and include the Twingo, Clio, Megane, Laguna and the Scenic models, which all produce between just 90 and 120g CO2/km. The Clio qualifies for exemption from the London Congestion Charge
, the full Green Vehicle Discount
, and has been zero-rated for road tax, which makes it the perfect city run around for those who want to save in style.
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