How to go ultra low, whatever your lifestyle

23rd March 2015

No matter what you use your car for, there’s almost certainly an ultra low emission vehicle for you.

There are now seven Go Ultra Low brands – Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen – between them offering 15 ultra low emission models that range from city cars to SUVs, and family hatchbacks to sports cars.

The Volkswagen e-up! is a small, nimble city car that provides an all-electric range of up to 93 miles, while the stylish Renault ZOE can drive up to 130 miles using battery power alone. Both are perfect for zipping around town in style, and both have zero tailpipe emissions.

If you need a bit more space, the popular Nissan LEAF has a range of up to 124 miles and you can choose whether to buy the battery pack or lease it. The Volkswagen e-Golf, meanwhile, can be driven up to 118 miles on electric power, and the sporty plug-in hybrid Golf GTE can travel up to 580 thrilling miles using its electric motor and petrol engine.

Another popular model now in ultra low emission form is the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, a plug-in hybrid that can tackle most daily journeys on electric power, with an electric range of 31 miles and 584 miles using the engine. Opt for the iconic BMW i3, and it will take you up to 100 miles on pure electric power, and more than180 miles without refuelling or recharging if its range-extended. Need to travel even further on one tank? Look no further than the Toyota Prius Plug-in with its range of almost 700 miles.

If load lugging is a regular part of your life, the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi, which can carry up to five passengers while still retaining 2.3 square metres of load space, is ideal. It’s also available with seven seats for those with a gargantuan school run to make, and both variants have a range of up to 106 miles. More versatility comes in the form of the ultra capable Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. With a towing capacity of 1,500kg, it’s the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and can be driven up to 32.5 miles on electric power and 513 miles if the petrol engine is used as well.

And if you want to shake up your low emissions driving with high performance and style, the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car delivers expertly on all fronts. It boasts CO2 emissions as low as 49g/km, yet sprints from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. Even better, it can travel up to 23 miles on a single electric charge, and up to 373 miles in total.

With such an impressive range of cars now on offer, it is easy to see why more than 25,000 Brits already drive an ultra low emission vehicle. Which one will you go ultra low for?

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