In today’s society, there is a huge focus on the environment and the impact that our lifestyles have upon it. Technological advancements are being made in a bid to reduce our carbon emissions and protect our surroundings for generations to come.
And in no industry is there more work being done than in the automotive sector, with electric and hybrid vehicles becoming increasingly popular. Towards the end of 2019, it was reported that one in 10 new cars sold in the UK was a hybrid or electric model and by May 2020 there were estimated to be more than 300,000 zero-emission capable cars on our country’s roads.
The government is supporting the push, recently announcing that green number plates will be introduced as part of plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. These special plates will allow the authorities to identify eligible vehicles and could offer benefits to drivers in the form of cheaper parking and other initiatives.
So, electric and hybrid models are good for both the environment and your bank balance, but are they suitable for transporting your loved ones around? If you’re keen to reduce your carbon footprint but have school runs, clubs, sports practice and all kinds of other journeys to contend with as part of mum and dad’s taxi service, you’ll need to know which are the best electric family cars. Here are just a selection of models you might like to consider.
Peugeot 508 SW Hybrid
As hybrid family cars go, the Peugeot 508 SW is as good as it gets. It combines a 1.6 litre petrol engine with an 80kW electric motor, meaning you can depend on smooth and silent acceleration. On electric power only it offers a range of close to 40 miles, so making those short journeys to school or to the supermarket can be done with zero emissions. With recommended accelerated charging, you can be up to full juice in less than four hours, while the abundance of space in the rear and the boot means it’s perfectly equipped to comfortably carry your little passengers and all their accompanying cargo.
A range in excess of 200 miles makes the Citroen e-C4 one of the very best all-electric family cars in the UK. Of course, all parents know that practicality is paramount when it comes to finding a suitable vehicle, but it doesn’t hurt if they look stunning too – and the e-C4 certainly delivers in that regard. Not only is there ample boot space, but Citroen has also included 16 extra storage compartments around the interior, perfect for holding all the little ones’ toys and gadgets without compromising on comfort.
DS 3 CROSSBACK E-Tense
Another full-electric family car, the DS 3 CROSSBACK E-Tense offers a range of 200 miles on a 50Kw battery that can be charged up to 80% in just half an hour, so you and the little ones can be ready to go even at short notice. Features such as speed limit recognition and speed warning will help to keep you and your family safe on the roads, while a plush interior and ample room for you, the kids and their kit make this one of the very best electric family cars out there.
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid
Already making a splash in the market, the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid is set to establish itself as one of the best family hybrid cars in 2020. With exceptional good looks, you’ll be sure to turn heads, but we know it’s practicality that’s most important – and this is a car that delivers that in spades thanks to its two electric motors that allow a range of 35 miles and emit just 34g/km of CO2. When they combine with the 1.6L petrol engine, you can still rely on the Grandland X to offer superb fuel efficiency – helping you to go green and save a few pennies in the process.
PEUGEOT 3008 SUV Hybrid
When it comes to the most popular electric family cars, few can compete with the Peugeot 3008 SUV – a hybrid that has picked up more than 65 international awards. You can choose between two and four-wheel drive, so the latter is perfect for those occasions when you and the kids want to explore the great outdoors and head off the beaten track. It offers 36 miles of range under electric power and there is plenty of space in the back, so your passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Citroen C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid
The Citroen C5 Aircross SUV boasts a five-star Euro NCAP rating, making it one of the safest hybrid family cars on the market. But it can offer so much more than that. Chargeable from home in less than two hours, you’ll never be waiting long to get back out on the road, while few electric family cars can compete with the C5 Aircross’ spacious interior. On top of all that, a range of more than 30 miles on electric power alone means you can go green for short trips to school or the shops – ideal for eco-conscious families.
Browse the best hybrid and electric family cars with Robins & Day
There’s already a lot of choice when it comes to selecting the best electric family cars, and the range of options is growing all the time. Here at Robins & Day we can help you find the right vehicle – whether it’s a fully electric or a hybrid model you’re after.
We stock some of the very best electric and hybrid family cars from Citroen, DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall and our expert, friendly team will be only too happy to help you pick out the model that’s perfect for you and your loved ones.
You can locate your nearest dealer or give us a call on 0330 404 0161 and we can talk things through with you. Of course, if you have any queries about which electric family cars might be best for you, please feel free to get in touch at your convenience.