Top five EVs and hybrids for under £350 per month
Yes government grants are no longer available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and the one available for pure EVs has been reduced from £4,500 to £3,500, but the fact remains that these vehicles offer a glimpse into the future of motoring.
If you’ve got £350 per month to spend on leasing a green car, there’s a decent array available. Because the choice is getting wider, we’ve picked a decent spread of EVs, PHEVs and hybrids to help you out…
Tesla Model 3
Having waited long enough for it, it was no surprise to see enquiries on the Tesla Model 3 outshine other popular new electric models when lease deals arrived in May. The Model 3 managed to generate more personal lease enquiries within seven days than the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace managed to achieve during the entire month.
Tesla’s Autopilot system features across the range, allowing the car to accelerate, brake, and steer the car in lane as well as overtake other vehicles on motorways and dual-carriageways. The Standard Range Plus offers 258 miles between charges and can hit zero to 60mph in 5.3 seconds.
The car that is arguably doing to the most to normalise the electric car, the Nissan Leaf is easy to recommend and a sensible choice for future-proofing your motoring. It's easy to charge and easy to live with for the right type of motorist.
It’s also very easy to drive, and it seems to be at its most relaxing when the road conditions are at their most stressful, with both Pro Pilot and the e-Pedal coming into their own under challenging road conditions.
With its 38 kW battery, it offers a real life range of between 105 - 225 miles. Charge times take is 7 hours using a 7.2 kW wallbox.
The Toyota C-HR is not only an interesting, refreshing and solid addition to the crossover segment, but with futuristic head-turning looks and one of the best hybrid engines we’ve driven is also one of our favourites on the market.
C-HR stands for Coupe-High Rider and with that in mind it’s a fine way in which the Japanese manufacturer has looked to differentiate itself from other hybrids on the market.
Sitting on the same platform and being powered by the same 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor as the Prius, the fact that the C-HR is bigger and heavier does cause issues regarding acceleration but it’s a small trade off to the savings accrued and style on offer.
Though the Kona EV is taking all the plaudits for the brand, the Ioniq remains Hyundai’s first EV and the one available at this price point.
Hyundai’s all-electric version of the Ioniq is not only a spacious, practical family hatch, it also happens to offer the best claimed-to-real-life mileage figures.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Whereas the government recently announced it was pulling the plug on grants for PHEVs, lease deals are still around the same monthly price they were before the grant was pulled. Even better, there’s plenty of Outlanders in stock.
Blending the advantages of an electric motor with Mitsubishi’s reputation for rugged SUVs has worked a treat, with the Outlander PHEV continually featuring as one of the most enquired hybrids on our site.
While the limited range of the battery and the small size of the petrol tank means you’ll be plugging in and topping up fairly regularly, the Outlander PHEV is a great choice for some.