Sep 20, 2018
While electric cars have been around since the mid-19th century, it’s only in the last 10 years or so that they’ve become a viable alternative to their petrol and diesel guzzling counterparts. Electric car sales increased by 27% in 2017 and the industry shows no signs of slowing, with the BBC reporting that one in every 12 vehicles bought last month was an EV. These days there’s more choice than ever so if you’re planning on going electric, take a look at our guide to find the best EV for you.
Small Cars For The Big City
Size doesn’t matter, it’s what you do with it that counts! If you’re looking for a car for a bit of light commuting, shopping and general zipping about, then small is beautiful. City-friendly EVs are cute, compact and avoid the congestion charge. The Renault Zoe is Europe’s number 1 selling EV of 2017, and is named What Car? Car of the Year for 2018 for electric vehicles under £20,000.
The BMW i3 is small and stylish, and thanks to its well-built design, its roomy interior has more than enough space for luggage or groceries. And if you’re looking for an ultra compact car, Renault’s TWIZY model is ultra affordable, super futuristic and comes with a heated windscreen.
Looking for a green family car? The new 2018 Nissan Leaf is a decent hatchback with five seats and almost 200 miles of battery life, while the Hyundai Kona Electric is a practical family car with a 300 mile range and ample space for bags. If you have a large family (and a bundle of cash), the Tesla Model X has five regular seats and room for two more, plus it has a rapid recharge function.
Going the Distance
National statistics show that 95% of car journeys are under 25 miles, but if you’re racking up the miles then there’s an EV out there for you too! Topping the range scale (and the price scale!) is the Tesla Model S, claiming up to 335 miles. The Hyundai Kona Electric is great here too with its 300 mile range.
Feel the need for speed?
If it’s speed you’re after, when it comes to acceleration, EVs are much faster than a dirty old petrol or diesel! Auto Express’ Car of the Year for 2018, the Jaguar I-PACE goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, and the Tesla Model S does it in under 3 seconds.
And if you can hang on until next year, then the Aston Martin RapidE is claiming Tesla-rivalling performances coupled with ultimate luxury thanks to technology developed with the Williams Formula One Team, the hand finished interior and bespoke materials used.
So there we have it, whatever you do, there is an EV to suit you! And once you've got your environmentally-friendly vehicle, check out Charge EV, our brand new tariff devoted to electric vehicle owners.