Aug 10, 2018
In the first of our Tonik Trumps series we take a look at the different types of car on offer from battery run to petrol guzzler. Each car is rated on five essential categories: green credentials, acceleration, range, running costs and popularity. Are we biased? Of course not! Ok, a little bit - we are a renewable energy company after all.
Read on to find out how each car scores from worst to best*.
Although great for mileage and pumping out less CO2 than their petrol counterparts, diesel cars have recently become the bad boys of the motoring world thanks to their high nitrogen oxide output - a big polluter in cities. Now, hit by higher taxes, diesel sales are in decline - plus the UK is set to ban new purely diesel cars by 2040.
The cheapest vehicles on the road, petrol cars are the biggest producers of CO2 and they guzzle gas like there’s no tomorrow. Although they have quieter engines and cheaper fuel in comparison to diesel, environmental measures mean you won’t be able to buy a purely petrol vehicle brand new in the UK after 2040.
Hybrid vehicles run on petrol but use regenerative braking to charge the battery. This decreases the car’s reliance on carbon-based fuels and boosts its green credentials by using electricity to power the vehicle at speeds of less than 15mph. Designed with maximum economy in mind, hybrids have exceptional range.
The plug-in hybrid lets you charge your battery with electricity generated outside the vehicle - meaning you can use charge points too. The upshot is that plug-ins can run on battery for the first 20-30 miles typically, before switching to a normal hybrid setup - perfect for trips to the shops or short commutes.
Coming in at number one well ahead of the rest is the EV, which is indisputably the queen of green. Unlike all other cars, EVs don’t release emissions out of a tailpipe - the car is powered purely by battery and it can be charged at home or at public charging points. Promisingly, it is predicted that there will be as many as 36m EVs on UK roads by 2040. Go EVs, go!
*We selected typical cars for each category and used the official information published by manufacturers for each of the categories. This information was then adjusted and pro-rated out of 100 to get the scores used in our Tonik Trumps.