The most current series of Fifth Gear is on the telly. We have virtually two a long time of exhibits at the rear of us, and this time close to with Touring Car or truck star, Jason Plato, and previous F1 driver, Karun Chandhok, we have experienced a small tweak of things.

We have tacked the phrase ‘Recharged’ onto the programme’s title and in carrying out so have come to be the first Television demonstrate to concentrate on electric, hybrid and hydrogen-powered machines.

But fear not fellow petrolheads! We’re however checking out the planet of petrol and diesel, highlighted by the test I filmed with a transformed 1996 Land Rover that now runs on electric, from its diesel counterpart.

Up hills, down boulders and by h2o, the electric machine’s big electric power (450bhp), easy delivery, straightforward traction technique and ability to be entirely submerged, was remarkable. So, really should we all be rushing to change our present-day automobiles to electric and bypass the new shiny things in showrooms?

No, simply because there’s a catch. A dollars catch. At the minute, you can invest in a ten-calendar year-aged Landy for about £25,000 – and you would need to have another £90,000 to switch it into a plug user. Eye watering quantities.

So, perhaps the ideal factor to do with your present-day car right now is to promote it. But if you want to replace it with a new a single you can expect to need to have to variable in the delays in the world-wide chain for chips. Even striving to invest in a single of the UK’s ideal-providing automobiles, the Ford Fiesta, will see you ready in a pretty very long queue. Want a new Land Rover Defender? You’re unlikely to see it just before Christmas 2022. 

But if you want to promote your car into the secondhand industry then you are going to have prosperous pickings, with the probability of even earning a revenue. These are unprecedented situations. 

You’ll need to have to imagine meticulously if it really is a car you have to replace simply because these significant selling prices are significantly fewer useful when you happen to be striving to invest in. But time, probably, for me to dollars in on my possess model of the ideal-providing car – a Mk1 Fiesta…

Verify out the most current ideal-providing automobiles checklist below…