Sometimes, too much choice just makes our decisions harder. And then we decide not to decide because the pressure gets too much. With the ever-growing electric car market, deciding which car is best for you can be a little daunting. We’ve done the research and narrowed down the selection to make your life a little easier . Below you’ll find the best electric cars for UK drivers, no matter your driving style!
Before you make the switch
Before you jump into an electric car with both feet, it’s best to consider your driving style and the infrastructure in your area. Sometimes the driving range can leave you worrying if you’re going to make it to your destination. Then there’s maintenance to consider, when your wheels need servicing and a new MOT, where can you take your electric lady?
If you’re eligible for the Motability scheme – where you get help from benefits to manage your disability and stay mobile – you can still opt for an electric car. Specific makes and models are covered, so best check the range of electric and hybrid cars before you fall in love with a particular type.
To decide if an electric vehicle is the right choice for you, right now, think about how many miles you do in a week. The more miles, the longer battery life you’ll want. You may even consider getting a home charge point for your wheels. If you don’t own your home, you may not be able to get a charge point installed, in which case the public charging network will be of interest.
Best electric cars for new drivers
Smaller cars tend to be great for new drivers because they are cheaper to buy and cheaper to run. The same is true when it comes to electric vehicles too. Our top two picks of electric cars for new drivers are the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Zoe.
Nissan Leaf – One of the first ‘real electric cars’ on the road in the UK, the Leaf is reliable and well-priced. A great city car but also able to cover longer distances, one charge will span 235 miles. A fast charge point will deliver an 80% charge in about an hour. Thanks to being one of the older electric cars on UK roads, you can pick up a used one without too much trouble.
Renault Zoe – Another good value for money small car, the Zoe has an awesome range of 250 miles on a full battery. It’s got some great tech throughout and you can expect parking sensors along with a 7-inch touchscreen as standard in the mid-spec trim models like the Dynamic Nav. New, you can expect to pay around £27,000 a used one will set you back as little as £9,000.
The best EVs for long-distance commuters
Some of us spend more time in our cars than others. If you commute longer distances than the average Brit, you might be hesitant to go electric. However, a lot has changed in the past year or so. A long distance electric vehicle used to mean 250 miles on one charge. Today, that’s more like 340 miles.
BMW iX – If you’re travelling a lot of miles each day, you want to do it in comfort and style. This electric BMW has both. Plus it’s fast and smooth to drive. Like nearly all electrics, it’s quiet and comes with some great interior tech. The narrow headlights and sloped rear are opinion dividers in terms of styling, but if it’s comfort and milage that you’re interested in, it has both. Expect 379 miles from a full charge.
Tesla Model 3 – Tesla have carried on dominating the electric car space. Their Model 3 delivers a healthy 360 miles per full charge. The price tag is around half of the bigger and beefier BMW. You’ll get the trademark sleek lines Tesla is known for and loads of interior space.
Best electric cars for families
Families who want to go green now have just as much choice in electric cars as any other kind of UK driver. The best electric vehicles for this category have to go to Hyundai and Vauxhall for their stylish and affordable offerings.
Hyundai Ioniq – This compact saloon is large enough to comfortably fit a family of four for everyday driving and holidays away too. With SUV styling, super-efficiency and a high level of trim, you get around 193 miles from the battery per full charge. It’s a good looking family car that will leave you feeling saintly about your environmental choice and won’t break the bank to buy new either.
Vauxhall Mokka-e – The slightly longer range and larger dimensions make this another great choice of electric vehicle for families. This model comes in both 4WD and rear-wheel drive arrangements and is a practical size for families. Along with the trademark quietness you get from an electric vehicle, this is a fun to drive crossover with striking looks.
Electric vehicles for luxury car lovers
If you like a touch of luxury with your environmental consciousness, once again, automotive manufacturers have been rapidly adding to the options available. These are two of the best luxury electric cars on offer in the UK.
Porsche Taycan – Unlike most other electric vehicles, the Taycan has a two-speed transmission which lovers of manual transmissions will appreciate. The 800-volt electric system delivers faster speeds and faster charging times too. In 22.5 minutes you’ll reach an 80% charge and the 4S model will get from 0 – 60mph in just four seconds! As for range, you’ll get anywhere between 199 and 227 miles on a full charge. Smoother driving will equate to longer distances.
Lucid Air Pure – Not quite available in the UK yet, but expected to hit the roads in 2023 is a newcomer to the automotive space, the Air Pure from Lucid Motors. This start-up has created one of the most cutting edge luxury cars ever to be seen. The range is estimated to be a whopping 475 miles for city driving in mild weather. She’ll reach 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph. The company behind this futuristic luxury electric vehicle has been designing, developing and supplying batteries to Formula E since 2018 so this is a new car maker to keep an eye on.