Impact of different engines

Petrol

Petrol-powered vehicles are cheaper to buy than diesel vehicles and have a longer lifespan. Petrol prices are still slightly higher than diesel, however, they are expected to align with diesel prices by 2020.

Diesel

Diesel vehicles are more expensive to buy than petrol-powered vehicles, but are more fuel efficient, especially over long distances. On average, they emit 20% less CO2 than petrol-powered vehicles. Their complex engineering requires regular, more expensive maintenance than a petrol-powered vehicle. Diesel vehicles adapt to all driving styles and offer a longer driving range.

Electric

Purchasing an electric vehicle is still expensive, but there are some attractive tax breaks that can reduce the purchase price and cost of operation. Electric vehicles are an extremely green choice because they do not emit CO2 or NOx. Electric cars qualify for Crit’Air Green anti-pollution stickers, and so can drive freely in low emission zones.

Hybrid

Hybrid vehicles are a good compromise between petrol-powered and electric vehicles. However, make sure that you know the difference between non-rechargeable and rechargeable hybrid vehicles. Rechargeable vehicles are still expensive but they benefit from more advantageous legislation when it comes to tax deductions and benefits in kind. Non-rechargeable hybrids are only very slightly more expensive than diesel vehicles and are therefore an attractive alternative.

Hybrids have no issues with driving range because the two engines take over from each other. With Crit’Air 1 anti-pollution stickers, hybrid vehicles can drive freely in low emission zones.

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