How little do you need to spend to get a hybrid or electric car?

Electrified cars tend to be expensive, but it doesn't have to be that way, whether you're buying new or used...

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As the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze household incomes, more buyers will be tempted by the promise of lower running costs that electrified cars can bring – whether they're hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric.

The good news is that even the most basic form of hybrid technology, known as mild hybrid, can have a significant impact on your fuel bills. Such cars usually include a small electric motor to assist the engine in certain conditions and contribute to better fuel economy.

The next rung up the ladder is a hybrid car, which adds a small battery pack. These cars can usually run on electric power alone for short distances, so are especially useful around town.

A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) can travel further on electric power alone because you can charge up the battery, which is usually larger than in other hybrids. That means you can use the electric motor for short journeys and the combustion engine for a longer road trip, for example.