It is becoming more and more expensive to run conventionally powered petrol and diesel cars due to the continued changes on regulations on fuel economy and C02 emissions. In addition, carbon dioxide emissions of your vehicle will determine the rate of your company car tax, making more fuel-efficient vehicles something of interest to both employers and employees.
But which electric and low emission cars are the best? To help you make an informed decision, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has put together a list of the best electric and low emissions cars for business use based on price, fuel efficiency and emissions.
The BMW i3 is an electric car that is great to drive and it has been designed from the scratch as an eco-car and as a result of its quirky style and efficiency it truly stands out in the market. Inside the BMW i3, there is a spacious, comfortable interior fully equipped with high quality materials. The BMW i3 is really cheap to run especially while driving around the city and can be a great company car for business that want to keep the costs low.
The Toyota Prius was one of the first hybrid cars out there with 20 years of research and development. The Toyota Prius comes with five years of warranty and it delivers an impressive performance and efficiency thanks to its innovative formula. Inside, there is a spacious cabin fully equipped with high-tech and a generous boot-space. The Toyota Prius has a low BIK (benefit in kind) rate which means lower company car tax.
Tesla Model S is an electric car that appeals to those that are looking for a luxurious, fast electric business car with innovating design. Inside the Tesla Model S, there is futuristic, luxurious interior, fully equipped with high-tech equipment with a huge 17-inch touchscreen. Depends on the models and the engine the all-electric powertrain has a range of 311 miles. The minimal running costs and tax-breaks are appealing for many businesses.
The Volkswagen Passat GTE came to life to deliver an outstanding blend of performance, refinement and efficiency. Inside the Passat GTE there is a roomy interior with some blue highlights and good quality materials. The Volkswagen Passat GTE is good to drive too, and it offers many options to configurate your driving experience making it the perfect car for long business trips and for combining work and family life.
If you need a company car that doesn’t compromise on family-friendly usability and low emissions then the Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX worth considering for your next company car. Inside the Vauxhall Astra you will find a premium looking interior equipped with groundbreaking technology and comfortable seats. The 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX engine is designed to boost efficiency with the minimum possible engine noise.
If you are looking for a spacious comfortable SUV that will make long business trips feel like a breeze then the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great option for companies that want to keep the rentals low. Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid powertrain features a 2.0 litre petrol engine which delivers great performance with low emissions and running costs and claims fuel economy of 148mpg.
The Nissan Leaf is one of the first electric vehicles that appear in the market and it is still one of the best electric cars that you can lease. Its smooth, silent engine delivers a good performance, also thanks to its strong battery the Nissan Leaf offers a 124-mile maximum range which is making great for long business trips. Inside the Leaf there is a spacious, comfortable cabin and thanks to its zero emissions is one of the cheapest company cars to run.
The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine is a super, practical and unexpectedly fast seven-seat hybrid SUV with a well-equipped interior. Under its bonnet there is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine which in combination with the electric motor delivers power of 395bhp. What is more impressive about the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin is that the can travel up to 25 miles on a charged battery which offers peace of mind on long company trips.
The BMW 330e can be a great option for company car drivers that do many short journeys and can recharge the batteries every day. Thanks to its classy bold style the BMW 330e stands out on the road and its practical interior promises to make business trips feel like a breeze. The BMW 330e delivers a efficiency and performance with its 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and its electric motor while it produces emissions of just 44g/km.