Electric and hybrid cars, a new trend in the second-hand market

Hybrid and electric cars have been appearing on the roads in recent years. More economical and less polluting, these new engines have many advantages. But the high prices of these new vehicles can sometimes make it difficult for buyers to buy. Therefore, opting for a used vehicle can be very beneficial!

Choosing between a hybrid, electric or thermal vehicle is often a dilemma. According to a recent study carried out by Harris Interactive*, of the 57% of French people who want to change vehicles in the more or less long term, 41% plan to switch to a hybrid vehicle and 16% will opt for the electric one. A choice that makes sense when we look at the rise in fuel prices in recent years. Because even if hybrid and electric models may cost more to buy, in the long run, the payoff is considerable. With an electric car, you spend an average of between €2 and €3 more for every 100 km travelled. On the contrary, traveling 100 km with a thermal vehicle will cost around €12. In addition, the maintenance cost of an electric vehicle is also lower than that of a thermal model. To compensate for the high price of hybrid and electric cars, the State offers numerous advantages (conversion bonus, ecological bonus, etc.).

Another positive point is the ecological aspect of these two models. If certainly during the use of the vehicle, the ecological impact is less with electric vehicles, the part of the “end of life” and the recycling of batteries remains controversial with the general public and neutralizes the ecological interest of electric vehicles.

What are the differences between an electric vehicle and a hybrid vehicle?

Cheap, ecological, powerful and silent, hybrid and electric cars share many advantages. However, there are some differences to be aware of to ensure the best option for your needs.

the electric car

An electric model, by definition, will run on electricity alone. This has a positive impact on the environment, as there are no CO2 emissions when moving. The other advantage of acquiring an electric vehicle lies in its maintenance. Other than the tires, there are almost no wearing parts to change. Being equipped with far fewer parts than other types of vehicles on the engine side, this model can travel thousands of miles without failure (no air or oil filters to maintain and change…). Ultimately, choosing electric means opting for silence. No more engine or exhaust noises. Calm reigns in the cabin.

There are still two disadvantages of this type of product. The first is autonomy. Indeed, if you are looking for a vehicle to cover long distances, this will sometimes be a problem for you. On average, a full charge allows you to travel about 300 km. Therefore, you will have to wait for the recharge time if your trip exceeds this distance.

The other drawback concerns the purchase price of said vehicle. New, it will generally cost between €20,000 and €90,000 depending on the model to hopefully get more autonomy. A budget that is obviously not suitable for all pockets. Fortunately, now you have the possibility of acquiring a second-hand model from a professional. The multi-brand label Spoticar, for example, offers around 1,200 used electric cars. Low-cost vehicles, which have undergone more than 100 meticulous controls, and which have a guarantee of up to 24 months. A good compromise to combine savings and ecology!

the hybrid vehicle

The hybrid car combines a thermal engine (petrol or diesel) and an electric motor. In the city, we save an average of 40% on gasoline, since we drive mainly with the electric motor. Thus, the vehicle does not consume fuel in traffic jams, parking lots, in 30 zones, etc. Above 50 km/h, the traditional motor takes over. The advantage of this type of vehicle is, therefore, to benefit from a reduction in fuel consumption without being blocked by its autonomy. With a hybrid vehicle, you can recharge the battery in two ways: while driving or with a conventional charging system.

The hybrid engine will be adapted to suit your driving if you are used to driving in an urban environment. If you live in the countryside and drive on main roads, hybrid motorization will have little interest, and therefore it will not be or will be very unprofitable. Again, the purchase price of a hybrid vehicle is relatively high. But the good news is that Spoticar, Stellantis’ second-hand vehicle brand, is putting up for sale, in May 2022, more than 200 hybrid vehicles, 2,400 plug-in hybrids, that is, nearly 4,000 hybrid and electric models, benefiting from the same checkpoints and guarantees as for electric vehicles.

Whether you choose a hybrid or an electric model, with Spoticar you benefit, in all cases, from assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout Europe. In addition, the tag allows you to make a satisfied or replaced purchase. You just have to make your choice by going to one of the 1,200 Spoticar points of sale!

*The Harris Interactive study was carried out in March 2022 on a sample of 1,516 people representative of French people aged 18 and over.

This content was produced in association with Spoticar. No member of the BFMTV newsroom participated in the production of this content.

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