Electric vs petrol: which offers the best value?

For years, electric vehicles - or EVs as they're now known - were infamous for being too expensive and too impractical for everyday use. However, today, the EV landscape has changed beyond all recognition. Not only are the latest cars practical, comfortable and safe, they're also affordable.

Take the Nissan Leaf for example; it's attractive, practical and fitted with all the accessories you'd find in any modern car. It packs a punch too, with its 109PS electric motor which will propel it from 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds. But how does it compare with its petrol-powered rivals?

We've used our Fuel Calculator to crunch the numbers and compare a Leaf in Visia trim to its 10 rival petrol powered cars over 10,000 miles. We've also factored in the London Congestion Charge to see how each car compares in the capital. 

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Peugeot 308 Access 1.2 e-THP 110 

Nissan Leaf comparison 
Initial extra cost £5345
Annual saving £572
Miles to break even 93,399 miles
Days to break even 3409 days

Similar in size and power output compared to the Leaf, with 110PS, the Peugeot 308 1.2 e-THP represents good value. The Nissan will take 93,399 miles to break even compared to the Peugeot, which equates to 3409 days.  For most, this will be too many miles to make the Leaf worthwhile.

However, if you live in London, the Nissan becomes much palatable, with a break even point with annual savings of £2642. That means the Leaf will start saving money, compared to the 308, after 20,228 miles or 738 days.  

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yokohamapete    on 16 January 2018

I'm still baffled why your august publication sees no merit in LPG. I inherited my dad's 11 year old E46 1.8 BMW in 2010. The LPG conversion was £1,000. Of course the first mile is on premium Shell but after that the gas comes on at 46p a litre which must be equivalent to well over 60mpg. I've done 60,000 miles now, including several trips abroad. I don't need a calculator to tell me that the system has paid for itself several times over. Am I missing something?

Edited by yokohamapete on 16/01/2018 at 13:21

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