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CHEAPER IN THE LONG RUN: While hybrid car prices remain comparatively steep in SA, according to US scientists these alternatively-fuelled cars could save you quite a bit in the long-term.

DETROIT, USA - Electric vehicles in the US save their owners more on fuel and are less polluting than most petrol-powered vehicles, even in places where electricity is made by burning coal, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) said in a report.

Don Anair, a UCS senior engineer, said: "Drivers should feel confident that owning an electric vehicle is a good choice for reducing global warming pollution, cutting fuel costs, and slashing oil consumption."

The UCS said the study is the first to analyse emissions from vehicles charged on a power grid of electricity made from fuels such as coal and natural gas.

According to the report, owners of electric vehicles can save $750 to $1200 (R5968 - R9550) a year based on 17 702km of driving, compared to drivers of a petrol-powered vehicle that gets 11.4km/l at $3.50 per gallon (R7.3 per litre).

For every 50c rise in the price of fuel, an EV driver can save an extra R1591 annually, the report said.

Check out the full report here!


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