With petrol being a finite resource and concerns over the state of the wider environment, car manufacturers are looking at ways of making motoring more eco-friendly. Over the past decade or so, cars powered either partly of fully by mains electricity have entered showrooms across the world, and some earlier models are starting to feature in used car sales. Today, there are a number of models available which target buyers who want affordability and performance.
In the early days, electric and hybrid cars were beyond the means of most motorists, although many models are available both new and used from car dealers such as Auto Trader. The affordability of models such as the Toyota Prius and the Nissan Leaf has made electric cars more accessible to people who want to not only help save the environment, but also try to save money on fuel.
Aside from environmental reasons, the price of petrol has never been higher. With a litre of fuel costing around £1.40 per litre, many savvy motorists see electric cars as a viable alternative to their petrol or diesel-fuelled equivalents. Alongside impressive fuel economy, electric cars come with many other innovations which have also served to make them more attractive to more consumers.
Some more recent models come up with ways to save energy such as slowing down automatically before reaching traffic lights, which saves a lot of energy. Charging times have been dramatically reduced too: early electric cars took several hours to become fully-charged, whereas some models take just three hours to reach that state.
The performance of electric cars has improved significantly over the years too. Early models could go no faster than around 80mph, and struggled to get that far on motorways and highways. Today, models such as the new Tesla Roadster can match their petrol counterparts for speed, acceleration and excitement. Although today’s electric cars aren’t without their flaws, car makers are ironing them out all the time, and it’s only a matter of a few years before they begin to outweigh traditional cars in all departments.