Top 100 cars 2013 Electric cars and hybrids Sunday Times Driving

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Top 100 cars 2013: Electric and hybrids

NO OTHER MOTORING is moving as quickly as this Among the cars here are not all-electric vehicles and conventional but also plug-in hybrids, batteries can be recharged between and range-extender hybrids, with engines that kick in to the juice on longer drives. So you want to save a polar there’s a car for you.

The combined of all types of these vehicles tiny, but the billions of pounds have ploughed into market may be about to pay off. such as “desirable” and “credible” are to pepper reviews of these of car — and not just for the hyper-hybrids from Porsche and McLaren being up for release next year. We models such as the updated of the Nissan Leaf, as well as the BMW i3, an machine that offers performance inside a body good enough to be bought for its alone.

There’s still a long way to go these all-electric cars and become the norm on our roads, but the of change is quickening. You need look at our selection to know it.

1. BMW i3

BMW its time while others their first tentative into the electric car market, and its i3 may be the the world has been waiting for — could not be said of the slow-selling Leaf that blazed the The i3’s brilliance arises not revolutionary battery technology, but being a car someone might buying for reasons other the fact it’s electric.

the Leaf, it’s fast — 62mph in a very BMW-like 7.2 — as well as advanced, with an structure and state-of-the-art carbon-fibre-reinforced bodywork. It’s also from the futuristic exterior to the dashboard.

You might, therefore, the i3 to be priced through the roof, but not: the car costs about the as a top-of-the- range Leaf. And no contest at all.

Factfile BMW i3, Price: £30,680

Our i3, £30,680

Engine: 167bhp motor

Acceleration: 0-62mph:

Top speed: 93mph

Range: 100

2. Vauxhall Ampera

The Ampera is a extender, which means while it can be recharged from the and run on battery power, it also has a engine. This does not the car directly but acts as a generator to additional electricity to the motor. without using the petrol the Ampera’s battery pack has a range: while a conventional hybrid such as the Toyota will cover around 15 before its battery goes the Ampera’s all- electric is up to 50 miles.

This is a fine car a great-looking exterior and a fresh, cabin, plus it offers performance, close to a 300-mile (including the petrol engine) and is reasonably good to drive. But the car is expensive relative to a conventional and seems likely to remain a player.

Factfile Vauxhall Ampera, £33,750-£35,495

Our pick: Positiv,

Engine: 1398cc, 4 cylinders

0-62mph: 8.7sec

Top speed:

Fuel: 235.4mpg

3. Renault Zoe

are two big problems with all-electric they offer lousy and are expensive. The Renault Zoe can’t yet the first problem, but its maker to have fixed the second. At (after you’ve taken of the £5,000 government plug-in it costs about the same as a Renault Clio.

For those who can with its claimed 130-mile (think between 70 and 100 real-world the car has much to recommend it. It’s the hatchback powered by electricity — or else — in years, and it’s enough to keep pace on the motorway.

The Zoe’s cheap price not include its weighty batteries, which you have to lease Renault at prices starting at £70 a

Factfile Renault Zoe, £18,443-£20,043

Our pick: Dynamique £19,393

Engine: 87bhp motor

Acceleration: 0-62mph:

Top Speed: 84mph

Range: 130

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4. Nissan Leaf

The Leaf have fallen further this order were it not for a of improvements introduced this The new Leaf may look just the old one but it’s lighter, better to will go further on a single has a bigger boot and, importantly, is now dramatically cheaper to

The lower cost is thanks to introducing an entry-level version less of the hi-tech interior and by allowing customers to lease the from £70 a month in return for a cut in the list price. Add that to the grant from the government and you can now put a on the road for less than where it makes a whole lot sense than it did in the past.

Sure, it’s not quite as as the Zoe, but it’s more comfortably accommodating five, and better performance from its powerful motor.

Factfile Leaf, Price: £25,990-£30,490

Our Visia, £25,990

Engine: electric motor

Acceleration: 11.9sec

Top Speed: 90mph

124 miles

5. Porsche Panamera S

A plug-in Porsche? Whatever It’s true that the of Porsche pinning the eco-friendly to the back of a 2,095kg beast a top speed of 167mph and a 0-62mph of 5.5 seconds is likely to draw of derision from the environmental It’s also true its official 91mpg and 71g/km CO2 say everything about the ludicrous in which these figures are and nothing about what be replicated by any normal user.

But even so, as the world’s first high-performance plug-in hybrid the Panamera is worth a closer

Our pick: S E-hybrid, £88,967

94bhp electric motor / V6

Acceleration: 0-62mph: 5.5sec

Top 167mph

Fuel: 91.1mpg

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