The car industry has seen huge changes over the years, both good and bad. It has faced a world financial crisis and more pressure to cut emissions on new vehicles that are produced. When scandal hit Volkswagen, that really unsettled the consumer, as one of the most trusted brands was tarnished with allegations that they knowingly misled customers. Volkswagen has always been a leader when it comes to new design and technology, so they are now working harder than ever to gain that lost trust back from the customer.
As world pollution is such an emotive subject, the car industry has all started to produce more hybrid and electric cars. This begs the question, what are the best hybrid and electric cars of 2018?
So, what is a hybrid vehicle? A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that has two power sources; one battery powered unit and a petrol unit. When charged, the electric unit is usually used at lower speeds which means the car is emitting zero emissions. In this case the petrol part only comes into use when more power is needed or when the charge drops, and the battery needs charging. Let look now at some of the best hybrids on the market:
- BMW I8
The BMW i8 is one of the most revolutionary looking vehicles on the market. Its sharp looksand prestigious image help this car to become a true class leader. It boasts of a high-performance engine while still being able to call itself a green car.
The i8 looks very futuristic and really shows how vehicles are going to look in the coming years. The only drawback is that if you are looking for a family car this isn’t the one for you. BMW do offer many hybrid versions to their more known 1,3,5 and 7 series cars, so for those who are new to this technology, you can opt for one of these more traditional models.
- Volvo XC90 T8
Volvo have never been really known for their cutting-edge car design; they are more known for their car safety. However, with the new XC90 T8 they have managed to build a nice-looking hybrid 4×4. Its large and very versatile and as I’m sure you would expect its onboard safety equipment is typically Volvo. One of its flaws however is that is has a very small range on its electric unit, something that Volvo will have to work on with a car of this size.
- Toyota Prius
Love it or hate it the Toyota Prius has been around for a very long time now. Nobody can argue the original concept didn’t work as it has been a massive hit around the world. Even A-list celebrities in America still have their love affair for it. Toyota have recently given this car a face lift, so it stays up to date in the looks department. In comparison to the other two vehicles discussed above, this is relatively cheap alternative and has good figures when it comes to its economy, which is vital when talking about hybrids.
Another positive is that no matter where you are on the world, Toyota parts are relatively affordable and accessible for your mechanic in Christchurch or vehicle servicing company up in the Bay of Plenty.
Electric cars go one step further than hybrids as they are fully electric and have no petrol back up. They are 100% emission free, so they really are going to be the cars of the future. Early electric cars didn’t do well in the public market as they were often deemed as ugly with very little mileage range available and were very expensive to buy. This has now changed with car makers like Tesla leading the way in car design and prestige.
- Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is one, if the not the best, electric car on the market. It is powerful, luxurious and has an interior that would please your inner child. As the Tesla has two electric motors that sit on the axel, you have two luggage spaces in the back and front which is great when you need to carry extra luggage. The only negative is that it is very expensive to buy.
- Nissan Leaf
The Nissan leaf is a much cheaper option to the Tesla so it’s a great starting point if you are considering an electric car. Its basic and very simple to look at but it does offer a 155-mile range. Nissan are not new to the electric market, but they are producing more electric car options as their technology improves.
- BMW i3
BMW have two versions of the i3: the hybrid and the electric version. The electric version is a similar size to the Leaf, but it is a lot more luxurious. The BMW has great handling which makes it stand out in its class. Its small, user friendly and has very strong brand image. This electric car is a very strong front runner as it is looks like what you would expect a modern electric car to look like.
Vehicle servicing is very important for any vehicle, but with electric vehicles there are less serviceable parts making it easier for mechanics. Regardless, getting a trained mechanic to look over your vehicle is always advisable. Now that electric cars are becoming more common place, more and more vehicle mechanics are now being trained so that they can cover the demand for aftermarket repairs and these vehicles get older.
Getting your electric car removed to a Christchurch mechanic, for example, would have been disastrous even a decade or two ago. Today, mechanics are beginning to know more about how to deal with electric car failures and are more experienced.
Like with any new technology, there is always a period of time whereby any technical issues could arise as these types of vehicles are used more and more. We are even starting to see more charging points in car parks and service stations, or even at your local car service in Christchurch.
Above are some the best hybrid and electric cars being produced today. As the pressure on cutting emission intensifies, its only a matter of time before we see petrol and diesel phased out. It’s not going to happen overnight, but in many countries around the world we can now see a definite shift towards this more effective way of transporting ourselves.