With the carbon tax increased, we're all about to feel the pinch more than ever at the pumps. It's no wonder many people are now considering trading in their gas vehicle for a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle.
For many customers, the ability to overcome "range anxiety" is at the top of the list.
Although electric vehicles tend to be priced higher than their fuel based counterparts, the current government incentives and scrap it coupons allow almost everyone with an opportunity to go green. Of course, you don't have to go pure electric when looking to save money at the pumps.
Hyundai has a variety of hybrid options that span across their entire line up. For sedan enthusiasts, there's the Elantra, Ioniq and Sonata. If an SUV is more your speed, there's the Santa Fe and Tucson (along with the Kona EV).
But what will you actually save at the pumps when making the switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle?
Considering that all of our vehicles are now very fuel efficient, the additional cost for a hybrid or electric vehicle may not translate to the savings you envision. In fact, it may take you years to recoup the extra dollars spent on an EV or plug in hybrid versus what you would spend on a typical fuel based engine.
Most of this boils down to how much you drive and what's really important to you. Yes, spending more on a vehicle with a battery pack will obviously save you from going to the gas station. Plus, you'll be doing your part to make a world a greener place to live. But, if saving money is the ultimate goal, you'll need to compare the overall cost of the vehicle versus how much you will likely spend on fuel in the years ahead.
The Ioniq, Kona Electric and soon to be launched Ioniq 5 are all very exciting options for those that are looking to plug in. Technology like regenerative braking and the use of solar panels along with autonomous driving make electric and a hybrid car even more attractive. It also doesn't hurt that the driving range of the Kona EV is among the best in the industry.
Here's what Hyundai has to say about it's line up of Hybrid and EV vehicles:
The Kona is a new breed of SUV designed to take on the city.
With Kona, driving and parking in the urban jungle doesn’t have to be stressful. Enjoy the agile manoeuvrability of a passenger car, and the higher perspective of an SUV – it’s really the best of both worlds!
Furthermore, Kona is filled with technology that just makes everything easier, including Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and an available Head-Up Display to project important information within your line of sight, so you can keep your attention on the road.
Enjoy the fuel economy you want from a hybrid with a driving experience that’s more engaging than you thought possible. Travel over 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of gas with Canada’s most fuel efficient car.
Discover the new Santa Fe, redesigned inside and out and equipped with an extensive suite of our available Hyundai SmartSense™ safety features.
These advanced features help alert you to, and even avoid, dangers on the road by constantly monitoring your surroundings.
The new Santa Fe helps make your drive a safer one. It thinks of everyone’s safety.
The Hyundai Tucson is always ready for adventure.
With innovative features to keep you connected like standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity, capable performance offered with available HTRAC™ All-Wheel Drive and the choice between two engines, adventure is waiting. Let's go!
Lower profile. Wider stance. The Sonata embraces the aggressive curves and sharp lines of a 4-door coupe while delivering a sleek and modern cabin designed around your every need.
Filled with state-of-the-art technology and safety, settle into the driver’s seat and experience a new way to take in all your important information with the available 12.3” full digital LCD gauge cluster and take the wheel with confidence knowing you’re surrounded by an impressive suite of standard and available Hyundai SmartSense™ safety technologies.
Now that you are aware of the many options available to you through White Rock Hyundai, let's dive into the other benefits of going electric courtesy of "Driving Electric". With more electric vehicles on the way, including the all new Ioniq 5, things are just going to get bettetr and better.
1. Electric cars are simpler and more reliable
The electric motor and battery combination used to power electric cars is much simpler and has far fewer moving parts than a conventional petrol or diesel engine. This means there's a lot less that could potentially go wrong and much less maintenance and replacement of parts needed due to wear-and-tear. Electric cars often don't need to be serviced as frequently as combustion-engined cars, keeping running costs low for owners.
2. Electric cars are better for the planet
This is the obvious and most important benefit of electric cars: with no exhaust emissions whatsoever, electric cars do not contribute to local air pollution that can cause health issues in the population and damage the environment as a whole. Of course, electric cars are not completely pollution-free; manufacturing them does generate some CO2 emissions and the amount of CO2 they generate in use depends very much on how the electricity used to charge them was generated.
But progress is being made in these areas: manufacturers are increasingly pursuing carbon-neutral production by using renewable energy to power their factories, incorporating sustainable materials into their cars and offsetting emissions in cases where completely eliminating them is not yet possible.
Electricity generation is getting greener all the time, too: the proportion of energy generated from renewable sources is at an all-time high in the UK, and the country frequently goes for long stretches without generating any power from coal-fired plants at all. Electric-car owners can also choose a 'green' electricity tariff for their home, which guarantees the energy they're being supplied is from renewable sources, and many charging-point operators guarantee green power, too.
3. Electric cars are quiet and relaxing...
One of the first things anyone new to electric cars will notice is their near-silent nature. There's some road, wind and tyre noise, of course, but the engine noise familiar to drivers of petrol and diesel cars is absent. Electric cars have no gears either, so both speeding up and slowing down are smooth and progressive actions.
Electric-car drivers find that all this combined can lead to a calmer and more relaxed frame of mind when behind the wheel – and taking it easy also makes sure you get the most possible range from your car's battery! Another unexpected upside of electric cars' quiet nature for those who enjoy listening to music or podcasts on the move: you don't have to turn up the volume as much to drown out engine roar.
4. ...but can also be fast and exciting!
Electric cars don't mean the end of driving fun. While it's entirely possible to enjoy the laid-back, relaxing driving experience described above, you can also prod the accelerator and enjoy the instant power delivery of electric motors, made famous by numerous YouTube 'reaction clips' of drivers shocking their passengers with sudden acceleration.
And while electric cars do tend to be heavier than those powered by petrol or diesel, the bulk of their weight is stored low down in the chassis; battery cells can be arranged to optimise weight distribution, rather than all the weight being together in a large engine block. This results in balanced and predictable handling on track or on a twisty road.
5. Electric cars are practical – in several ways
Although electric cars need to allow a significant amount of space for battery cells, by their nature they can be laid out flat in the base of the car (sometimes referred to as a 'skateboard' layout). This, along with the absence of a bulky engine and transmission, can pay dividends for interior space. Several electric cars have luggage areas at both the front and rear (the former sometimes referred to as 'frunks') and there tends to be more legroom for occupants, due to the lack of a transmission tunnel running down the centre of the car.
Another practical aspect of electric cars – for those with the ability to charge at home, at least – is that you never have to make a special trip or unplanned detour to fuel up. Charging at home from a wallbox in your garage or next to your driveway means you start every day with a 'full tank of fuel'. Unless you're planning a long-distance trip that needs rapid charging en route, you'll never have to factor a visit to the local garage forecourt into your daily motoring routine.
Ultimately whether you choose to go with a vehicle that is battery powered with miles of range or something that utilizes both a gas and electric motor, really depends on your personal preferences.
The good news is that, no matter which Hyundai vehicle you decide to go with, each model comes very well equipped with an enormous amount of comfort, technology and one of the best warranties in the business.
If you're eager to see what options are available for you right now, check out our inventory today at www.whiterockhyundai.com.