Not only do zero emission cars carry appeal thanks to their ‘green’ environmentally-friendly image, they also save motorists a lot of cash in terms of running costs as areas including Road Tax and the London Congestion Charge are avoided altogether.
To get a car with the zero emission output these days, one must turn to the current choice of new electric cars available now. Today numerous all-electric vehicles from some of the biggest brands in the automotive industry are available now.
The good news for potential customers is that recent examples of these zero-emission electric cars are not only getting cheaper but also more efficient, helping to alleviate any potential fears from motorists such as range anxiety.
At the moment the costs of electric cars are being cut down even further, thanks to the Government’s £5,000 plug-in car grant which all electric vehicles qualify for.
Here is our selection of the best zero emission cars available right now, and each model included can be ordered now at select Perrys Dealerships nationwide.
Available to order now, with first UK deliveries coming in June 2013, the Renault Zoe is a stylish and practical supermini driven by an 88bhp electric motor.
With a limited top speed of 84mph and a projected range of up to 130 miles, Renault considers the Zoe to be the first “affordable” car for everyday use which was designed from the ground up as an all-electric vehicle.
The Zoe also boasts a maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP and can be fully charged in around 30 minutes using the appropriate fast charger.
Prices for the Renault Zoe start at £13,650 when including the Government’s Plug-in car grant.
Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn
The C-Zero and iOn are near identical models as they were produced in a joint effort by both French manufacturers Citroen and Peugeot, along with the Japanese car maker Mitsubishi.
These two small city cars have been a big part of Boris Johnsons Source London campaign over the last few years, a campaign aimed at making London a more economical city with frugal vehicles.
Both the Citroen C-Zero and the Peugeot iOn use a 64bhp electric motor to move along, and both offer around a 90 mile range which make it a practical city car as well as a short travelling vehicle in general.
The Nissan Leaf has been much the talk since it first arrived to European markets during 2011. The all-electric family hatchback is getting a revitalised range for 2013, which is available to order now from Perrys Nissan Dealership based in Blackburn.
Now starting from just £15,990, the Nissan Leaf now offers three trim levels, and the battery used in this vehicle can be leased for the first time.
Nissan Leaf specifications bought on a leased battery deal will be referred to as ‘Flex’ models.
The 2013 model Leaf delivers better battery charging performance, an extended driving range, greater recyclability and more interior space.
A stylish refresh is expected to arrive during later 2013 for the already interesting-looking Renault Fluence.
The five-door saloon model has some great interior features including an on-board computer, climate control, cruise control and integrated satellite navigation. Most of these features can be controlled via the steering wheel.
Future updated versions of the Fluence are expected to produce around 115bhp. Current models for now are driven by a 95bhp electric motor. The Renault Fluence ZE is available now at Perrys Renault Dealership based in Aylesbury. Prices for the Renault Fluence start at £17,495.
The unique and quirky-styled Twizy is a very suitable and interesting candidate for city car drivers who want to stand out and keep running costs low.
The Twizy delivers a range of around 60 miles off a single charge from its 42bhp electric motor. This should likely prove more than enough range for negotiating short commutes around the city.
Customers can also pick from three customisable trim levels when choosing the Twizy, the selection includes Urban, Colour and Technic.
UK motorists can find the Renault Twizy now at Perrys Renault Dealership in Aylesbury.