Sales of alternativelty-fuelled vehicles continue to rise in the UK as more manufacturers cash in on the emerging electric car market.
There's the opportunity to save pounds both at the showroom and at the pumps with these zero-emissions bargains.
1 - Nissan Leaf (2011 - current)
The Leaf is the generic modern electric car, launched early in 2011 when putting an EV in your showroom was a much riskier move than it is now. An update a couple of years ago increased the range (a bit) and revised the controls (a bit).
Early model or late, the Leaf is a smooth-driving choice with proper family accommodation and good build quality. Battery life is still a bit of a gamble, though.
The issue is whether the car you buy has a bought battery or a leased one, but either way don’t expect bargain prices. Early models start at around £8k (battery bought), but a later-spec 2013 car can be £12k-plus. Mileage isn’t a problem, though. Most have done under 20,000 miles.
2 - Renault Zoe (2013 - current)
The Clio-based Zoe is simple, compact, attractive and cheap. Renault has lately announced a deal to sell the Zoe’s battery with the car from new, but any you find on the used market (from £8k) are likely to include takeover of a battery lease at about £45 per month.
The Zoe is exceptionally easy to operate and can at last be had with a lead that’ll charge it (albeit slowly) from a three-pin home plug. Expect a real-world range of 80 to 90 miles.
3 - Mitsubishi i-MiEV (2009 - current)