Aug 29
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Five of the best electric and hybrid cars for modern families

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Nissan Leaf hatchback (EV)

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The new Nissan Leaf 40kWh has a one-charge range of 270km on the WLTP cycle, which is closer to what is considered real-world driving than the old NEDC test procedure.  If you use the new ePedal and keep the car around town where the regenerative braking can work more efficiently the range can increase to up to 415km.

With a DC fast charge, the Leaf can get to 80 per cent capacity in 40-60 minutes. Using a standard 7.2kW public charger or home wall box, it takes approximately 7.5 hours to fully charge the car. The Leaf comes with a decent amount of safety features as standard.


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Volkswagen e-Golf hatchback (EV)

The Volkswagen e-Golf has a claimed range of 300km, but again the ‘real-world’ figure is more like 200km of driving range per charge. The e-Golf also has the ability to fast charge, which can replenish up to 80 per cent of the battery’s charge in as little as 45 minutes.

With its hatchback body and same roomy interior as the regular Golf, the e-Golf is well suited to families.


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