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Are electric automobiles a real option now?

Are electric automobiles a real option now? Looking to purchase a second hand automobile 2012 upwards. What do you think?

Filed under electric automobiles - Asked by Paul Mccabe (Kilkenny) - Sat, 09 Jan 2016 16:23


Neil Briscoe Answered by: - -

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Hi Paul,

Yes, and no. And a bit yes. It still depends on your lifestyle and driving habits. Lots of short journeys, mostly around town? Don't mind taking the time to plan long journeys automobileefully and be prepared to take breaks for charge ups?

Things are getting dramatically better though. Nissan has just updated the Leaf with a new 30kwh battery (read our review of it here) that extends its range to around 250km, which is a lot more useful, and if you're suitably loaded a Tesla Model S can go for 500km between charges.

If you're not quite ready to take the full electric automobile plunge, how about a plugin hybrid? Short hops under electric power with a petrol engine for longer journeys. Try the Volkswagen Golf GTE, Audi A3 e-tron, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV or a Volvo XC90 T8.

However, if you're looking for a second hand automobile, your options with electric power are severely limited, as sales have been slow so far.

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