Battery Day Today - Explosion in Numbers of Electric and Hybrid Cars

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More electric and hybrid models are being launched to meet a growing demand for eco-cars helped by Government grants made to motorists who buy battery. predicts a time when all drivers may be plugging in rather than pumping up.

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More motorists may be plugging in rather than pumping up.

214 years ago Alessandro Volta invented the first battery. Electric powered cars were ignored for decades but now the battery is at the heart of the most dynamic sector of car making – hybrid and electric cars.

Battery and Hybrid Cars Subsidised by Government Grants

Final Price £
After Grant     Hybrid/Electric Model

14,334          Mia Electric review
14,710          Renault ZOE review
16,272          Smart fortwo electric drive review
16,748          Nissan Leaf review
17,432          Toyota Prius Plug-in review
19,356          Volkswagen e-up! Review
21,161          Citroen CZero review
21,161          Peugeot iON review
23,499          Mitsubishi iMiEV review
25,625          BMW i3 review
28,525          Ford Focus Electric review
28,695          Vauxhall Ampera review
30,200          Chevrolet Volt review
44,220          Volvo V60 review
49,900          Tesla Model S review
83,967          Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid review

Battery Day celebrates the birthday of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, born on 18th February 1745. Apart from starting an engine, his invention was ignored by car makers because of the availability of cheap oil and more efficient combustion technology.

The high cost of oil, its ultimate scarcity and concerns about the environment have forced governments around the world to incentivise motorists and place demands on car makers to produce vehicles which look to cleaner propulsion methods. The battery is central to most car makers’ plans to meet the requirements of both the motorist and governments keen to fulfill their environmental undertakings to the international community.

From the minute Mia Electric at £14,334 to the £83,967 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, motorists have more choice than ever before. Even BMW have joined in the battery boom in the launch of their all electric BMW i3 with a claimed mileage of up to 100 miles on one charge.

Most models are a hybrid of battery and combustion power and diesels have come on to the market to make models even more economical. Hybrids claim to offer the best of both worlds and, apart from grants, motorists are encouraged by free parking and the ability to avoid congestion charges levied by many major cities such as London.

The recent discovery of a new wonder material called ‘Graphene’ has led futurologists to predict vastly more efficient batteries in the future – lighter, more powerful and quicker to charge. The current list of hybrids and electric cars is likely to expand as manufacturers and scientists perfect the technology and bring battery power to the masses.

Most so called ‘electric cars’ are too new to judge and car review sites are catching up – keen to check reliability, costs and performance. A spokesman said, “We have over 276 Toyota Prius reviews, more than any other car review site, but we’re collecting more hybrid reviews to make sure motorists have the information they need at a touch of a button.”

Manchester based has 108,900 car reviews on its free-to-use website, more than any other car review site, and they ensure each review is from bona fide car owners who have driven their car for some time.

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