I was impressed by the fuel economy. Yes, in my hands, this car managed an astonishing 80 miles per gallon, and that got me thinking could a really efficient, full hybrid, like this, actually be cheaper to run than an electric car, first of all, heres how it works. Hondas new ehev, hybrid powertrain uses a 2 liter petrol engine and two electric motors. The first acts as a generator to send electricity into the second motor to drive the wheels or into a Lithium Ion battery pack. The engine can drive the wheels directly or with the help of the motors and the battery, because the petrol engine isnt working alone. The idea is that it doesnt have to work as hard or use as much petrol. The official MPG figure in this car is 56.5 miles per gallon wltp. If you know anything about wltp, though, then you know that its very difficult normally in the real world to achieve anywhere close to that number. Normally you get a lot lower. However, in the Honda Civic ehev, it is incredibly easy to get more than what they claim wltp driving around normal roads at 30 miles an hour. This thing can very easily achieve between 60 and 80 miles per gallon thats incredible. How does it compare with other cars? Specifically, electric and plug in hybrid, first heres, what the Civic itself costs to run. This latest model has a smallish, 40 liter fuel tank, thats, 8.4, UK gallons at todays fuel price of 148.

4 Pence per liter. It costs 59 pounds 36 Pence to fill at a conservative and realistic 60 miles per gallon over the course of one year doing 10 000 miles a year. Your total cost for fuel will be 1124 pounds at the less likely, but still possible 80 miles per gallon. That cost is 843 pounds, so what about plug in hybrids? Well theyre quite tricky to compare and give you wildly different fuel economy depending on how you drive them. In the case of the Vauxhall Astra plug in hybrid, you can apparently get a whopping 256 miles per gallon in the case of the DS4 230 miles per gallon sounds impressive right, but hold up a second. These figures are basically nonsense. Realistically, all youre going to manage in the real world is 80 to 150 miles per gallon and thats. Only if you have charge in the battery, if you have a home charger, thats fine, if you dont, have one of these well, then youre in trouble. Realistically, youre more likely to manage somewhere between 30 to 45 miles per gallon, which means plug in hybrid figures, arent, all theyre cracked up to be, if you use a plug in hybrid correctly and plug it in every single night at home or every single day. At the office, a full battery can help you get extraordinary running costs in the case of the Astra, delivering its claims and very ambitious 256 miles per gallon at todays fuel prices, itll cost you 263 pounds 56 Pence per year in petrol, but then theres the cost Of charging the 12.

4 kilowatt hour battery pack, which done overnight on a tariff of 16.09 Pence per kilowatt hour, is one pound 99 Pence a day or 764 pounds, including 5 vat plus the 263 pounds 56 for the petrol thats 1028 pounds a year best case or 185 pounds more than the Civic worst case, if you dont plug in your plug in hybrid, which could lead to low economy of around 35 miles per gallon, its 1927 pounds and 51 Pence per year in petrol. So how does an electric car compared to our Honda? Civic, he have well Ive, got a Mercedes eqs. 53. Next to me, very fancy not comparable in terms of price, but how do they compare in terms of efficiency? Well, Ive got some notes Here in My trusty notebook and it says here that the Mercedes will do 358 miles on a single charge and the battery is 107 kilowatt hours. You measure the efficiency of electric car in miles per kilowatt hour, and if you combine those two figures, what you end up with is this car doing 3.3 miles per kilowatt hour, which is what I normally experience in most EVS, I tend to average somewhere around three Miles per kilowatt hour now lets do some more mass. In the UK, the average standard single metering rate for electricity is 32.42 Pence per kilowatt hour. Excluding vat. Each provider can then apply a discount of their choosing, as especially if they offer an economy 7 tariff, which means you get cheaper electricity at night as opposed to more expensive electricity during the daytime.

If you dont have an economy, 7 tariff for some reason and youre using the standard rate, then youre going to be spending 1080 pounds charging this electric car and, if you add the vat thats 1 296 pounds way worse than a Honda, Civic ehev thats. The worst case home charging scenario – if you only ever charge your EV from a public charge Point things are even worse. According to that map, the average price for rapid and Ultra rapid charging or speeds above 25, kilowatts is 73 Pence per kilowatt hour, which works out to be 2433 pounds per year over 10 000 miles more than double the cost of running the Civic ehab lets go For best case charging only from an economy 7 tariff, specifically one for electric car drivers – here things are a bit better for the EV lets, use the same 16.09 Pence per kilowatt hour night rate that I use for the plug in hybrid, which, incidentally, is what I Was quoted from octopus energy driving 10 000 miles a year at 3 miles per kilowatt hour thats, the equivalent of using 333.3 kilowatt hours multiply that by 16.09 Pence and you get 562 pounds in electrical fuel costs every year, including vat at five percent cheaper than the Best case scenario for the Civic, but only by 281 pounds a year or 23 pounds a month using the more realistic 60 mile per gallon economy, figure and evs running cost is roughly half if charged at home, but 1 309 pounds worse every year, if charged exclusively From a rapid charger, dont do this.

Of course, there are other factors to consider: EVS generally cost more to buy than hybrid, so youll save money on fuel, but pay more for the car. The cheapest Civic, for example, is 32 000 pounds. The cheapest Tesla Model 3 is approximately 42 000 pounds paying off that 10 grand difference using the 23 pounds and 25 Pence a month running cost saving might take you about 36 years, its interesting isnt. It were constantly told that the most efficient cars are full battery electric or plug in hybrid and normal quote. Unquote, hybrids often dont get the same amount of Love theyre, just not as cool. However, having done the maths, it would appear that a normal hybrid, like this Honda Civic, is definitely worth considering, depending on how you drive it now. This is a very deep topic and its fair to say that all three types of car, hybrid, plug in hybrid and full EV, have their place and will suit different needs in different scenarios. Evs are also Greener at a tailpipe level and have lower maintenance costs. What is clear, however, is that theres, no definitive solution and all three of these options are a solid, economical and Greener alternative to Pure petrol. Let us know what you think of this video in the comments below hit the like button.