Battery electric vehicles now meet more drivers’ needs thanks to their ability to go further and charge faster, as well as a better charging network.
Due to a lack of choice currently available on the electric car market, customers are being slow to get behind the wheel of battery-powered models.So to help you compare the current selection, we’ve pulled out some of the best points about the top electric cars currently on sale.
Battery electric vehicles are also currently eligible for a government grant of £3,500, which we’ve taken into account in our pricing information.
The e-Niro offers one of the best ranges of current electric vehicles of 282 miles when fully-charged, as well as being more practical than many of its electric rivals. This 5-seat crossover has 451 litres of boot space, which is large for an EV of this size, while it comes with plenty of standard features for the £32,995 price tag once the grant has been taken into account.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai is another brand to combine 2 popular trends – compact crossovers and electric vehicles – making the Kona Electric an incredibly popular choice since its launch last year. It has up to 279 miles of electric range with the 64kWh battery pack on board and comes with a fantastic range of standard equipment for its price, starting from £27,250 after the grant.
The Nissan Leaf was first launched almost a decade ago and is now Europe’s most popular EV. With 435 litres of boot space and comfortably seating 4 people, it can travel up to 242 miles on 1 charge. The latest version is priced at £27,995, with the government grant, and benefits from Nissan’s Safety Shield package that includes intelligent cruise control, rear cross traffic alert and intelligent emergency braking.
The Zoe electric city car comes with an impressive level of equipment for its £17,720 starting price (after the government’s car grant) such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and rear parking sensors. With the latest R90 power system on-board, Renault claims the compact model can do up to 186 miles on a single charge. Zoe buyers are able to buy or lease their batteries from Renault too, so it’s worth considering which option will suit you best.
The e-tron is Audi’s first all-electric model, with more planned to go on sale next year. The SUV can drive up to 241 miles on electric power, but it can still reach 62mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. Like the rest of the brand’s range the fit and finish is up to a very high standard, with plenty of standard equipment. But the starting price of £71,490, even after the government grant, is the highest in our list.
Along with the petrol-hybrid i8, the i3 trod a new path for BMW design and, following a mid-life update, the hatchback became an even more credible choice for EV owners. Thanks to excellent build quality and a decent range of 160 miles from its 42.2kWh battery pack, the i3 and sporty i3s both provide a spacious interior for a relatively small footprint. Prices for the i3 range start from £31,680.
The Ioniq is a quality yet affordable electric 5-door hatchback, priced from £27,250 after the government grant. It can offer as much as 174 miles of range from a single charge and comes with lots of standard equipment for the price, such as a digital instrument display and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment set-up.
The Model S saloon has been on the market since 2012 but still offers one of the best EV packages around. There are several options to choose from, depending on how far you regularly travel, with a top range figure of 370 miles. Prices for the saloon EV start at £68,900 after the grant has been applied.
Widely praised as one of the best cars to go on sale in 2018, the Jaguar I-Pace is the British brand’s first foray into the electric world. Priced from £64,495, Jaguar’s electric SUV has a range of up to 292 miles but has been designed to offer an engaging and sporty drive, too.
Tesla Model 3
On the bottom step of the Tesla range, the Model 3 is a great way to get into the premium electric car market – starting from £38,050. The Model 3 comes with plenty of great equipment, including a large central touchscreen as well as the option to choose the self-driving features that Tesla is renowned for, and up to 348 miles of range. However, free Tesla Supercharging isn’t standard with the brand’s range anymore, so it’s important to check what you’re eligible for.