Electric cars are getting cheaper, but they’re still far from being cheap. If you’re keen to cut your emissions and dispense with engine rumbling, without breaking the bank, these are your best options…
Mini Electric (From £24,400)
If you live in a city or an urban area, the Mini Electric is a sensible choice. It’s less than impressive range of 144 miles is, for the purposes of a city car, absolutely fine. Especially when you consider that the Honda e only has 136 miles on a full charge. The boot, as you might expect, is tiny; as is the cabin in general. But if you’re looking to zip in and out of tight parking spaces, whilst dodging an increasing amount of green taxes, the Mini Electric is the car for you. Just don’t try to take it to Cornwall (unless, of course, you live in Cornwall).
The Kia e-Niro (From £24,900)
If the Kia e-Niro is a sign of things to come, we’re excited. Depending on which model you go for, you can get range, comfort or both. At around the £35,000 mark, a 64kWh battery pack will let you cover around 230 miles on a single charge. We remember a time when such a figure was the preserve of Tesla vehicles. According to reviews, the e-Niro is also being celebrated for its usability and family-friendliness. It’s a solid, cost-effective and thoroughly sensible option for those weighing up battery electric cars.
Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh (From £24,995)
Hyundai’s Kona Electric is the single best option if you’re basing your BEV selection on range. It can easily reach up to 250 miles on a single charge if you’re traversing the nation’s motorways. If you’re not, you can comfortably close in on 300 miles. This makes the Kona a candidate for early adopters who are looking for a green company car. The model also packs a punch, boasting more accelerative power than many of its competitors. Just bear in mind that the interior isn’t quite a big as you might expect from a family-sized hatchback.
Peugeot e-208 (From £25,050)
The Peugeot 208 isn’t groundbreaking, but it achieves what it sets out to do; present drivers with a likeable supermini experience. The e-208 seeks to do the same, just without the combustion engine. It boats a range of 217 miles, which is more than functional for most drivers. Its styling, performance and notably generous interior also make it a real contender for anyone but the pickiest of drivers when it comes to weighing-up battery electric cars.
Volkswagen ID.3 (From £26,000)
As it stands, the only version of the ID.3 that’s available to order in the UK is the ‘1st Edition’. As the name implies, it’s a kitted-out version of, what VW hopes will be, a seminal BEV. In fact, the German automaker believes it’ll prove to be as fundamental to its future as the Beetle and Golf were. The 1st Edition will cost a hefty £38,190. However, cheaper version aren’t far away and will start from as little as £27,500. Precisely what features and capabilities the cheaper options will offer isn’t clear. But given we’re talking about a modern Golf-equivalent, expect a solid offering at a reasonable price.
Making Additional Savings
If you are thinking of going electric, it’s worth remembering that you can use the government’s plug-in grant to knock £3,000 off of your car’s price-tag. In addition, you can also secure £350 off a home charger you have installed on your property. You can learn more about the grant, and which models are eligible, here.
The New Volkswagen ID.3 Is Now On Sale In The UK – https://autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/the-new-volkswagen-id-3-is-now-on-sale-in-the-uk/
The German Government Is Giving Away Free Electric Cars – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/the-german-government-is-giving-away-free-electric-cars/