The quest to find the perfect family car can be difficult with so many options around. Now that there are some great hybrid and all-electric vehicles on offer, the options are even more numerable. Here’s three of the top picks for eco-conscious families on the look out for a new vehicle.
Nissan Leaf, from $29,010
The Nissan Leaf was the first of it’s kind to see a commercial release in the United States. A zero-emissions, all-electric vehicle powered solely by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. With its unique look, the five-door hatchback has become the benchmark for what all new entries into the market are judged by. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Leaf gets the equivalent of 117 mpg and has a range of 84 miles per charge. While it may be a compact, even with the seats up it has a surprisingly expansive cargo space that should be suitable for most families. The Leaf uses CHAdeMO charge points that can restore the battery back up to 80% in less than half an hour.
Ford Focus, from $29,170
The Ford Focus is always highly praised when it comes to discussion of the best family vehicles so when the company announced it was bringing an all-electric range of it’s popular 5-door hatchback, expectations were high. The results didn’t disappoint and the same qualities that you’ve come to expect from its gas equivalent models are all hear. Another advantage of going with Ford is that you can rest easy knowing there’s almost always a dealership and service centre nearby if you do run into any problems. The Focus features a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is just shy of the Leaf’s 24 kWh. With an EPA equivalent of just over 100 mpg, you can expect around to travel around 76 miles before the battery needs charging again.
Toyota Prius, from $29,990
Unlike our other two options, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is a hybrid electric vehicle. This means it combines an internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system in an effort to give you the best of both worlds. It uses a 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery in conjunction with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. This gives it an EPA equivalent of over 95 mpg, making it a market leader in its class range. When being powered by it’s internal battery, the vehicle s able to travel around 14m in a single charge before making use of its other engine for longer journeys. Another five-door hatchback, the larger size of the Prius makes it ideal for families who need the extra space and storage capacity.
Electric cars are becoming more popular and the previous myths surrounding them are regularly debunked. Perhaps now’s the time to make the switch?
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