When buying a new car, more and more consumers are considering the advantages that a plug-in hybrid model can offer them. However, they have some doubts about whether it will be profitable in the long run and which model is the cheapest of all.
The OCU, as it has accustomed us, has carried out a study to assess the effectiveness and advantage of the new hybrids that the automobile brands offer and a comparative list indicating which are the most economical models. From the OCU they remind us that it is possible to take advantage of one of the plans to help with the purchase of cars, the Renove or Moves plan (with aid of between 1,900 and 3,600 euros).
Plug-in hybrid cars unite the benefits of both worlds: we can save on gas and make the most common daily trips using only electricity, while for long trips we will not have the uncertainty of being left stranded by not finding electric charging stations along the way. On the other hand, plug-in hybrid cars have the eco-label 0 emissions that allows driving without restrictions.
|Brand and model||Type||Price|
|Kia Ceed Tourer||Break||29,100|
|Kia Niro||Compact SUV||29,235|
|Kia xCeed||Compact SUV||29,650|
|Renault Megane ST||Break||30,905|
|Renault Captur||Small SUV||31,025|
|Ford Kuga||Compact SUV||34,260|
|Mitsubishi Outlander||Large SUV||36,800|
|Opel Grandland||Compact SUV||36,925|
As we see in the table, the OCU has listed the Kia Ceed Tourer as the cheapest current model on the market can be found from around 29,000 euros . The same model of gasoline and automatic transmission, with the same equipment costs 5,575 euros less than the plug-in.
However, in the study they indicate that for every kilometer that is driven with electricity we could save 9 cents (if it is charged at home with a rate with time discrimination), that is, in 62,000 km traveled in electric mode, the car would have been amortized. A person who travels 30 km a day and charges this plug-in hybrid Kia model every day will depreciate the car for the sixth year of use , according to calculations by the OCU .
On the other hand, somewhat more expensive models such as the Renault Captur , in its hybrid version, cost 6,500 euros more than the gasoline version of similar power. In this case, it would be amortized from the 85,000 km traveled with electricity, that is, at 8 years .
The OCU highlights that the consumers who can benefit the most from these models are those who can load them daily at home. By having the vehicle plugged in every night at home and then driving to work, this option is the most profitable, also having the possibility of using gasoline if on some trip we go far from home and from the cities where there are more electric charging centers.