With many countries switching on their eco-friendly hardhats, the future of the automobile looks to be heading down the same road.
Depending on where you live, it’s likely you’ve come across the silent whizzing of an electric-powered car. They look slightly strange, and you can find them parked up next to a large battery charger that doesn’t look too dissimilar to a petrol pump.
The list below shows the eco-friendliest cars currently available on the market for 2017. I have compiled this list based on the Next Green Car Rating. This evaluates the environmental impact of a vehicle across the whole lifecycle with each car being given a score out of 100. 100, being the most polluting and 0 being the most eco-friendly. It also enables comparison across the different fuel types, such as hybrid, petrol, diesel and electric.
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i
It’s common knowledge that the Prius range are known for their admirable fuel efficiency ratings. The figures behind the new Prius shows that Toyota is taking PHEVs very seriously. This may be down to the fact that the first generation received poor ratings for their electrical range. This second iteration however, has very strong eco-friendly features and statistics.
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ3 Dualjet
With a name like that, it has to incorporate some pretty interesting features, no?
The Suzuki Celerio starts at a modest £8,999 and does 78 miles to the gallon. Fitted with Dualjet technology, Celerio makes for one of the most efficient and affordable cars in its eco-class. It is noisy on the motorway, but makes up for this with its handling and generally being great to drive around the narrow city roads. It’s also fairly spacious considering its size and many could be swayed by the fact it comes with air conditioning – always a massive bonus!
BMW have always been top-dog in terms of design, and the i3 is yet another example of incredible craftsmanship. This all-electric city car handles well around pesky tight bends and is packed full of innovative technology, and it looks strikingly fantastic. However, starting at £25,980 may be enough to deter people.
It only seats four, which may hinder people who are seeking a more practical car. Then again, if you’re looking for something innovative, elegantly designed, packed full of wacky tech and has the stamp of one of the most renowned motor manufacturers ever, this might be the car for you.
VW’s Up! Is one of the best city cars you’ll find on today’s market. It looks, feels and drive like a petrol car, with all the benefits of running on electricity. Standard full charge is 9 hours and that’ll get you 100 miles, and it’s surprisingly quick! Heated windscreen, DAB radio, climate control, navigation, read parking sensors and 15-inch alloys also come as standard. The Up! Is the sort of car that will appeal to the city-dweller and anyone who spends their time driving through windy roads. Perfect for the city.
A strange looking thing, it feels like a Rolls-Royce sometimes. However, if you can cope with the size and egg-shaped body of the iOn, it could be a fantastic car for driving short distances. Statistics suggest the average town commute is less than seven miles each way, so the iOn, in essence, should appease most motorist’s needs/
Renault Twizy Van
Don’t be fooled by the name, this is far from a van. This electric, 0 door, 1 seat Twizy is arguably your best modern option if you’re looking for a low emission, economical quadricycle.
With an indicative electricity cost of just 3 p/mile, no VED payable and congestion charge exempt, the running costs for the Twizy are minimal to say the least! With an official range of 62 miles day-to-day, the Twizy doesn’t mess about and makes for the perfect eco-friendly, simple car.
With an NGC rating of 18 – when using renewably generated electricity – the Twizy is one of the greenest cars currently on the market.
Morgan EV3 46Kw
A personal favourite of mine. This chic, retro design is perfect for those who appreciate class, but have the mind for a greener future. This electric, 0 door, 2 seat Morgan EV3 is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a low emission, economical alternative.
Only costing ep/mile, no VED payable and congestion charge exempt, the running costs for this car are minimal. Being capable of running 150 miles day-to-day all from one charge is pretty impressive to say the least.
With an NGC rating of 18, you can’t go wrong with this one. This is without a doubt one of the greenest cars available.
Know of any greener cars? Let me know in the comments below!