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The Top 5 Plug-in Cars To Buy This Year

It’s a New Year and the Hardware Is Looking Great

Contributed by Sam Wright

Are you worried about the size of your carbon footprint? Here are the Top 5 plug-in cars that you can buy this year.

BMW i8

The BMW i8 is not the kind of car that is affordable for most people. It’s a pretty expensive car, in fact. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s an amazing car for anyone who can afford to buy


It looks like it can fly

one. It has a 22-mile electric-only range, but you wouldn’t think it was an electric car to look at it. It looks like the most stylish and impressive BMW car you’ve ever seen. With a slick, streamlined body, and an ability to go from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds, the i8 is a very impressive vehicle.

Audi A3 e-tron

Of all the plug-in hybrids on the market today, this one is certainly among the most convincing. And being convincing is a big deal when you’re trying to convince people to switch from an ordinary fuel-burning car to a plug-in hybrid. It’s a car that looks like a classic family hatchback that offers assurance and reliability. They are clearly trying to target drivers with families. And the fact that the car is full of all the latest technology will help sales as well. That it’s a plug-in hybrid is just an extra positive.

Toyota Prius Plug-in

The Prius has been associated with low emissions driving for quite some time. But each time Toyota brings out a new version of the car, they continue to show that they can improve on the formula. If you’re in England, visit Inchcape Toyota to find out how much it cost to buy one. Toyota should have a new version of their plug-in model out this year.

Volkswagen e-Golf

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The e-Golf will get you there

The Volkswagen e-Golf is not a great deal different from the Audi A3 e-tron. They offer a lot of the same things since they’re based on the same platform. But the e-Golf is a pure electric while the e-tron also carries a internal combustion engine. The VW is a slightly cheaper solution to your plug-in needs. If you want to get to where you need to go in an efficient way, give it a try.

Mercedes-Benz C350e

Mercedes-Benz is continuing to push out the new hybrid technology. The very best and latest one they have produced is the Mercedes-Benz C350e. The car looks great, and it drives even better. In fact, many people have said that the hybrid engine makes the classic Mercedes driving experience even better than it was before. You get a smooth ride, and you can keep your running costs low at the same time. What more could a driver want from their car?

It’s looks like it’s going to be a great year to plug in and drive off.

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About Author: Michael Coates

is editor and publisher at Clean Fleet Report and an internationally recognized expert in the field of automotive environmental issues. He has been an automotive editor and writer for more than three decades. His media experience includes Petersen Publishing (now part of The Enthusiast Network), Green Car Journal, trade magazines, newspaper and television news reporting. He currently serves on the Board of the Western Automotive Journalists.

3 thoughts on “The Top 5 Plug-in Cars To Buy This Year

  1. Tilsun Group
    February 17, 2016 at 8:23 am

    The Volkswagen e-golf could potentially be all over the roads at the end of this year! It seems so affordable for every day use!
    The BMW i8 also seems to be very popular in 2016!

  2. Kyle
    January 24, 2016 at 5:43 am

    People like to make fun of anyone who drives a Prius, but I’d like to see them make fun of anyone who rolls up in an i8! Environmentally friendly AND stylish, you can’t beat that.

    • January 24, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      You’re right, I know the i8 and the i8 is no Prius. It is a BMW in every sense of the word. A modern BMW that incorporates fuel efficiency along with impressive performance. That was our takeaway when we drove it. See http://www.cleanfleetreport.com/first-drive-2015-bmw-i8/. Of course, there is that issue of being able to afford to buy it… –ed.

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