Fully electric vehicles may well be the future of low-emission transportation but, for now, hybrid cars are proving an increasingly popular compromise.
Dual-energy cars are continuing to grow in popularity and if you’re not quite ready to dive straight into a fully electric vehicle, then a hybrid or plug-in car could be exactly what you are looking for.
Recent research by Yougov.co.uk found that nearly three quarters of Brits (74%) claim the initial cost of an electric or hybrid vehicle deters them from purchasing. And more than half (52%) stated that the expense of charging the vehicle is another turn off.
Determined to find out which vehicles are the cheapest to charge, private plates company Click4reg.co.uk collated data for current hybrid vehicles available using Zap-Map’s ‘Public Charging Calculator’ tool and analysed which cars cost the least to power-up at public charge points*.
Click4reg discovered that the least expensive car to charge is the BMW i8 costing £1.25 to add 59 miles. The i8 also has the fastest charging time of 1.4 hours at 3kW public charging points.
Thereafter, both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate and the E-Class Saloon cost £1.49 to ‘refuel’ and around 1.7 hours to charge the maximum of 59 miles.
Most interestingly, the most expensive vehicle in value ranks the third cheapest to charge. The Porsche 918 Spyder, at nearly £650,000 for a used model, costs a mere £1.63 (1.8 hours to charge).
Following suit, the Mini Cooper Countryman costs £1.82 (2 hours), whilst the BMW 3 Series Saloon follows thereafter at £1.85 (2.1 hours).
Click4reg.co.uk can also reveal notable dual-energy cars that ranked among the cheapest vehicles to ‘re-juice’ at public charging points:
The VW Golf at £2.09 (2.3 hours), the Toyota Prius Plug-In at £2.11 (2.3 hours) and the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid at £2.35 (2.6 hours).