Electric car production is ramping up as the Government prepare to scrap the sale of new diesel, petrol and hybrid cars by 2035. This means where Tesla once ruled the roost, there is now much more choice and all car manufacturers are starting to release their own fully electric vehicles. We have looked at range, price and performance to come up with our list of the best available now.
WhatCar? Car of the Year in 2019, and with an impressive range of around 292 miles, the Jaguar i-Pace is definitely one to consider. It was one of the first electric SUV’s and is a close rival to Tesla’s Model X. Along with its range, it also feels spacious, with a futuristic interior and luxury feel. Cheaper than the Model X, it comes in at £63,000 without the Government grant.
The Kia e-Niro leads a new generation of cheaper electric cars, with ranges rivalling the top price models. The e-Niro claims to be able to do 282 miles on one charge. It looks the part too, offering more space than others in the same price range, and handles well. Interestingly, in real world tests, the e-Niro managed a truly impressive 253 miles on one charge, which is more than a Tesla Model S and around double the mileage of the VW e-Golf, which is in the same price bracket. It had one of the most realistic claimed ranges out of all the electric cars tested. Priced from around £35,000, it would take some beating from other EV’s in the same price category.
The Audi e-Tron is the luxury car makers first fully electric vehicle and takes on the i-Pace and the Tesla Model X in the luxury SUV stakes. The range on it is around 248 miles, slightly less than the Tesla Model X (approximately 300 miles) but the charging time is class leading and at less than 30 minutes on 150kW you won’t need to stop for long to be on your way again. It has all the features and quality Audi owners have come to know and love, and its look doesn’t veer far from its petrol and diesel siblings. It’s quite pricey, coming in at £71,000 before the Government grant, but its luxury and capability are hard to beat
The first all-electric model from Mercedes, the EQC is a bold entry in the EV market. It hasn’t copied its looks from existing models to provide a fresh new appearance and can get around 280 miles on full charge. Like the e-Tron, it is fast to charge, getting from 0-80% charged in around 40 minutes.
The one that started them all, the Tesla Model X has been disrupting the car market since 2015. With a range of between 300-315 miles on a full charge, you won’t have much range anxiety. As has come to be expected from Tesla, the Model X is dripping with technology, including Tesla Autopilot and those futuristic falcon doors. This all comes at a price though with starting prices at around £72,000
The sister car of the Kia Niro, the Hyundai Kona is a game changer in the EV market. Its range of between 250-300 miles on a full charge puts it in a league with EV’s more than double the cost. It’s also pretty nippy and has a 5 year warranty. As it’s classed as an SUV, the ride is quite high but inside the car it’s not as spacious as some. Prices start at around £35,000 without the Government grant.
The Renault Zoe is one of the cheapest electric vehicles on the market now, which makes it a great place to start if you want to make the switch to electric. It’s been a hugely popular choice since it came out in 2012, and has been improved upon since then, with an increased claimed range of 245 miles and a plusher interior. The Zoe starts at around £28,000 before the Government grant
The Nissan Leaf is a stalwart of the electric car market, having been around since 2010. The most recent model has a bigger battery pack allowing a range of around 239 miles from a single charge. It starts from around £28,000 before the Government grant. The battery has an 8 year warranty, and as the leaf has had a fair few years head start on other EV’s, we can say they are very reliable, with hardly any experiencing problems with the battery. If you’re looking for something reliable and relatively affordable (when it comes to EV’s), the Leaf might just tick all the boxes.
The Volkswagen Golf is a nations favourite, and the e version has stuck to its roots to produce an electric car that looks and drives like a normal Golf. This will appeal to the legion of fans the Golf has garnered over the years. As an EV, the range is around 120 miles, which lags behind the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, but if you are only doing smaller journeys and a fan of the original Golf the smaller range might not matter.
10th of March 2020