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According to CNET.co.uk, driving an electric car in London instead of petrol can save you over £4,500 a year. That's about £375 per month, or £12 every single day of the week. Despite the initial investment, more and more drivers are going green.
The Motors.co.uk HQ team have done our research and we have picked out the best, and most economical green cars!
1. The Market Leader: Toyota Puirs plug-in hybrid
The Puris was the first to make it into the mainstream market, perhaps because it had a ‘safety net’ of a petrol engine, as well as electric. Celebrities such as Leonardo Di Caprio and Cameron Diaz were among the first to embrace this model and challenge ‘petrol headed’ Americans.
Still a leader in the market, the Puris is launching a brand new model: the Plug in Puris. An updated version will be on the market for £30,000 and is likely to increase its popularity in the mainstream market.
2. The Nissan Leaf
Dubbed the ‘ultimate electric family car’, we have the Nissan Leaf. Nissan describe this as a city motor, ideal for city dwellers who need an easy spin around motor for the family around the city. In a utopian future fantasy world we may all be driving around the UK in our ‘leaf’ cars. You can pick yourself up a leaf for £23,990.
3. Mini E
Meet the latest member of the Mini club! We love that Mini have jumped on the bandwagon with this electric version of their classic iconic car. The Mini E isn’t due to come onto the market until 2013, and will no doubt be as popular as its predecessors.
4. Telsa Model S
Feeling a bit flush? Why not invest in the Telsa Model S., where electric motor meets sexy. The Model S comes with optional ‘aero dynamic’ wheels, boosting the range of the 300-mile range cars by 20 miles and giving it that extra bit of appeal.
The UK will get right-hand drive versions of the Model S from around mid-2013 and Tesla aims to keep pricing consistent across the globe. That indicates a starting price of around £35,000 is likely, with final confirmation of European pricing to be revealed in spring 2012.
5. BMW Concept Active E
BMW have developed this electric car to keep the beauty of their design with the eco friendliness of an electric car. And done a pretty good job! The cars interiors are much the same the normal BMW interior that we have come to know and love. Dubiously, the price has yet to be released.
6. VW Golf blue e motion
This golf looks and appears to be like an average Golf, but beneath the surface things are much different for this electric motor. We love that they’ve kept the original features of this all time favourite car. Although a production version isn’t due in showrooms until 2013.
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