Electric cars are on the rise and becoming increasingly popular with the ban on selling all new fossil fuel and hybrid cars only 15 years away, there’s no better time to start researching electric cars for your next car. So below is a list of some of the best electric cars currently on the market to suit a range of budgets and needs.
Audi E-Tron –
If you’re looking for a stylish and high tech electric SUV that has a spacious interior than the Audi E-Tron should definitely be high on your list. Unlike most other electric cars, the E-Tron has similar looks to a standard petrol/diesel SUV so not wacky spaceship looks for Audi on this one.
Inside, as you can expect, you get a high quality well-built interior with a high tech infotainment system which comes with three super high-resolution screens with lots of soft-touch plastics and brushed metal trims.
The Audi E-Tron has a range of 250-miles from a full charge which is more than enough for an average person commuting to work. However this is less than the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace. Charging your E-Tron at home from empty will take around 9 hours. You can boost batteries from flat to 80% in just 30 mins by using a rapid 150kw fast-charger.
Kia E-Niro –
The E-Niro is a well-equipped and stylish electric SUV which comes with a very impressive range. It shares the same electric technology with Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona which are both cheaper. However the Kia E-Niro comes with more interior space, practicality and a generous amount of standard equipment for a reasonable price.
The interior quality is what you would expect from the likes of German cars such as Audi and BMW. It is filled with leather, piano black trim and soft-touch plastics. In the centre of the dashboard is an 8-inch touchscreen which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which is easy to use and navigate whilst driving.
Kia boasts an impressive range for the E-Niro, which has a big 282-mile range from a full charge. However charging at home from empty will take close to 10 hours which is fine for overnight but might not fit your particular lifestyle.
Jaguar I-Pace –
Wanting to go electric but still want a sporty car? The Jaguar I-Pace is highly recommended for you to have a good look at. Most think Jaguars are all about performance and sport handling, the I-Pace does not disappoint especially in terms of going round corners or straight line speed.
Very much like the E-Tron and unlike the Tesla, the I-Paces infotainment is made up of three screens with two featuring on centre console and one behind the steering wheel. These are all very responsive and easy to use on the move. Like you would expect from a Jaguar, the interior with very plush with leather and brushed aluminium.
Compared to Audi Q5, BMW X3 & Mercedes GLC, the Jaguar I-Pace can take 100-litres more of luggage which is impressive from an electric car.
The I-Paces two electric motors drive both the front and rear wheels which kicks out a very generous 400bhp giving it a 0-60mph time of 4.5 secs: faster than a Porsche Cayman!
Jaguars claims that the I-Pace will go 298 miles between charges which isn’t as much as the Tesla claims but it’s more than enough for the average daily commute. In the terms of charging, if you were to spend an hour using a public 50kw fast-charger this would give you enough charge for around 168 miles. From your home a full charge will take just over 12 hours.
Peugeot e-208 –
If you’re thinking of making the switch to an electric car but only needing small hatchback, look no further, the Peugeot e-208 is a great place to start. The Peugeot 208 has recently been updated giving it some cool sporty looks compared to the last generation. With the updated model came the electric version which boasts a generous range of 217-miles on a full charge.
Inside the 208 it has been completely refreshed and all models come with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. More expensive model specs receive a 10-inch screen which includes sat-nav also.
Passenger space is what you would expect from a small hatchback, spacious and comfortable in the front and a little tighter in the rear. And due to Peugeots clever battery placement the e-208’s boot space is identical to the standard car.
The Peugeot e-208 is powered by a 136bhp electric motor which makes it nippy around town. At a public fast charge point it will only take around 30 minutes for the batteries to go from flat to 80%. At home it will take around 7 hours to charge from flat to full.
Tesla Model 3 –
The Model 3 is the cheapest of the Tesla range but in many ways it is the best of the rest. The Tesla Model 3 has a minimalist exterior with only a slim intake, headlights and space for a number plate.
Inside, the Tesla takes minimalist interiors to a new level, there are barely any buttons or controls as everything in controlled on a massive 15-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. This screen is easy to use and navigate whilst on the move.
Boot space isn’t as generous in the Tesla compared to petrol/diesel competitors such as the BMW 3 series but you do get extra boot space in the bonnet where you’d normally find an engine. It even has some shopping hooks so you can hold your groceries in place.
Tesla gives you the option of two range models aptly named ‘Standard Range’ and ‘Long Range’. Standard Range can manage around 250 miles whereas the Long Range can manage up to 350 miles. Charging the battery from empty takes around 12hours from home. Tesla’s 120kw public charging points can boost the Model 3’s batteries from 10%-80% in just 35 mins.
Nissan Leaf –
The Nissan Leaf is well-known pure electric family hatchback. Compared to most other electric hatchbacks on the market, the Leaf stands out with its futuristic looks. There are a few subtle blue highlights on the car which help to hint that it is electric.
Inside, the cabin and dashboard are nicely laid out, if you want partial leather seats and more spec you will have to look at the higher end models. Unlike most other electric or petrol/diesel cars you don’t have to fork out on a decent infotainment as you get sat-nav, smartphone mirroring and digital driver’s display as standard.
Space is generous in the front, two can easily get comfortable. Passenger space in the rear is much more suited to two adults or three children. The boot is a decent size for a family hatchback and can accommodate for the weekly shop and a few suitcases.
There are two models of the Nissan Leaf, the standard 150bhp which can manage 168 miles or the range topping model, Leaf e+ with 217bhp can manage as many as 239 miles, so this is definitely something to consider. Charging from flat to full at home using a 7kWh charger will take 6.5 hours. If you plug into a 50kW rapid charge whilst you’re out and about, you can expect to go from 20%-80% in around an hour.