AT12MARImagine never going to a petrol station again. Apart from the opportunity to buy that chocolate bar, what’s to miss?

Owners of a 12-plate Nissan LEAF might never have to visit a petrol-soaked forecourt again – the lucky bunch. The Japanese car maker has launched the world’s first all-electric mass-produced car.

Costing as much as a BMW 3 Series, it might seem too expensive at first glance. But wait, this is a car which costs less than some appliances to run.

Plug it into your mains electricity overnight and a full charge costs around £2, depending on your tariff. That’s £2 for up to 100 miles of driving – the cost of a sandwich.

A charge from a domestic socket takes eight hours, but find a local quick-charging point – or have one installed at your home or business – and an 80 per cent charge can take just half an hour. And because the LEAF is on the environment’s Christmas card list, road tax is free for the life of the car.

Our final reason to own a LEAF is one you won’t find using any budget calculators. Its electric powertrain makes it supremely refined and relaxing to drive, and has coincidentally made it the Rolls-Royce Phantom of the hatchback class.

12-plate wish list

Feb 01: Hyundai i40 Tourer
Feb 02: Audi A4
Feb 03: Ford Focus
Feb 06: Citroen DS4
Feb 07: Volkswagen up!
Feb 08: Vauxhall Astra GTC
Feb 09: Audi A1 Sportback
Feb 10: Renault Scenic
Feb 13: Subaru XV
Feb 14: Renault Twingo (video)
Feb 15: MINI Coupe
Feb 16: Nissan LEAF
Feb 17: MINI Coupe (video)
Feb 20: Hyundai i30
Feb 21: Chevrolet Camaro
Feb 22: Porsche 911 (video)
Feb 23: Kia Picanto
Feb 24: BMW 1-Series
Feb 27: Honda Civic
Feb 28: Hyundai Veloster