People who are thinking about buying in a low-emissions vehicle are faced with the option of plug-in hybrids, which can run on electricity but also have a petrol or diesel engine, or pure electric vehicles, which run on electricity alone.
While electric vehicles have lower running costs and emissions, hybrids’ petrol engines enable them to cope with long journeys without the worry of finding charging points en route.
Electric vehicles can travel anywhere between 100-250 miles, before requiring a charge, which means longer journeys need extra planning.
While hybrid emissions are low, they become more efficient if they are charged frequently, ideally at home, and become inefficient when running on fuel is not efficient, as they are heavier vehicles.
However, next generation hybrids now feature much bigger battery packs, and some models will have up to 40 miles of electric range.
Business owners with a fleet of company cars who invest in pure electric vehicles will reap the rewards of the Company car tax, officially known as Benefit in Kind Tax (BiK), which is set to drop to just 2 per cent for pure electric vehicles.
However, the up-front costs associated with buying a pure electric car or van can be steeper.
Pure electric cars and vans beat hybrids because their batteries can take rapid charge, and they can be charged at home or at work overnight.
With nearly 90 models available in the UK right now, there is bound to be something which fits your lifestyle, and growing sales figures confirm their popularity.
The opening months of 2019 have seen a six-fold increase in pure electric vehicles and 20 per cent in hybrids compared to last year.