Here are eight great electric cars
Most commutes are about 6.8 miles long, so an electric vehicle makes a lot of sense, particularly if that commute is in a built-up area or a city that’s likely to become emission-free in the near future.
An electric car has an electric motor, which is powered by a battery, and it’s recharged at home or at a special recharging point. Given that most EVs have a range of around 150 miles, for commuting they make a lot of sense, but less so if you need to regularly do a high mileage.
Given there is still a £4500 grant from the government if you buy an electric car, there are several reasons why you should consider one. Here are our top choices.
Is it a scooter or is it a car? The Twizy has two seats one behind the other and limited weather protection, so it’s like a scooter. However, it has four wheels and some protection and it looks fairly cool, so it’s like a city car. Great for going around town, less great for venturing too far.
Cost: £6895 (excluding battery hire)
Kia Soul EV
This is actually a better car to drive than the petrol-powered Soul, so that’s an impressive debut for Kia since this is its first electric vehicle. That instant torque available from zero is very welcome, and so too is the silence of the propulsion unit. It’s not cheap, even though the cabin feels it, but otherwise it’s worth a look.
We’re big fans of the Up as a fine-driving, fairly sophisticated city car. Converting it to electric drive hasn’t taken away any of the attractions, just added some more. But you do pay for this combination.
The price makes it attractive, plus you get decent space and a car that’s easy to drive. The range is about 124 miles but if you go for a higher trim then you have the option of the 30kWh battery that should give about 155 miles range.
Price from: £16,680
It’s a Golf, so you gain all the advantages of a normal Golf, which is a promising start. Add in no emissions and lower running costs and you’re some way to offsetting a high price and a range that we could only eke out to 87 miles in the real world.
The distinctive looking and fine handling i3 is a class act, based on a chassis and body using a lot of carbonfibre and aluminium. With the battery beneath the floor, weight distribution is excellent, making this an appealing electric car. If you wanted yet more range then there is the Range Extender version, which adds in a two-cylinder petrol engine.
Sit in this at standstill and you’ll be in a four-seater with decent space for people and luggage. Start driving and you’ll discover a lot of torque, a great deal of silence and very low running costs, and all for a very sensible asking price.
Cost: £13,995 (excluding battery hire)
Tesla Model S
A step up from the others here, the Tesla Model S has astonishing performance in a refined, full-size saloon. The big touchscreen means nearly all commands and controls work through it, while there is seating for up to seven people. A class act, and an exciting one.