Electric and Hybrid Cars

Discover All You Need To Know

Currently hardly a day does by where this technology isn’t in the news. We are now seeing incredible advances emerging that make these cars truly a viable option for the eco-conscious.

Welcome to the home of hybrid, electric and low emissions cars. Here you’ll find  reviews, news and advice from Platts experts, designed to help make researching your next hybrid or electric car easier than ever.

We have a great range of cars using this emerging technology and we can help you navigate your way to doing your bit for the planet.

Electric or Hybrid- Whats The Difference?

Electric cars

These simply use an electric battery powered motor that can be plugged in and charged. They create zero emissions and on the most part produce little to no noise when in use.

Hybrid cars

These cars are powered by an electric battery-powered motor and standard internal combustion engine, hence the name ‘hybrid’. These naturally use less fuel and have lower emissions than a normal engine, as how the car is powered can be shared between the two components. Plus, in certain models, the internal combustion engine can be used to recharge the batteries.

Which Cars Should I Buy?

Renault Zoe- ‘What Car’ Car Of The Year 2017

Renault Zoe

Renault’s goal with the design of the all-electric Zoe was to make it immediately identifiable as an electric model, but without alienating or scaring-off existing supermini customers by making the styling too futuristic or far-out. To our eye, the designers have been largely successful on that brief. The lines and dimensions are very conventional, but with one or two clues to the car’s eco-warrior status, such as the aerodynamic wheels and blue-tinted lights at either end.

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV is an all-electric version of the Korean firm’s boxy-yet-eye-catching Soul SUV.

In comparison to its conventional fuel-powered versions, the Soul EV is not just cheaper to run, but it’s greener as well. Practicality takes a little hit thanks to batteries taking up some interior space, but on the whole, the Kia Soul EV puts up a nice show even when compared to established rivals such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.

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The All-New Kia Niro-Hybrid Crossover

Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro it is that most prized family-sized possession: a compact crossover.

A crossover packaged as cleverly as this will appeal to those who’ve always found the Prius impractical and, it’s a hybrid and therefore as overtly voguish and right-on as a soy cashmere jacket. It isn’t, though, a plug-in model – for now, at least.

Instead, like the Toyota Prius, its electric motor is generally run in parallel with a petrol engine via an automatic gearbox. However, its use of well-established technology doesn’t prevent the Niro from standing out.

The All-New Renault Twizy

Renault Twizy

The eye-catching quadricycle, Renault Twizy is a compact 100% electric vehicle, with zero-emissions in use; it seats up to two people and is unlike anything else on the road today.

Key features include*:

  • Drive and speed display
  • Behind rear seat storage – lockable 31l
  • Heated windscreen – quick demist
  • Grey ‘Snowflake’ wheel trim
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