Electric cars are becoming a popular choice for today’s modern motorist. With over 90 pure electric models and 50 plug-in hybrids available now or coming soon, the choice is growing all the time.
Environmentally friendly, cheap to run and technologically advanced, more and more people are considering an electric car for their journeys.
Thinking about making the switch and wondering which is the best electric car for you? Buying any new car is a big decision, especially when new technology is concerned, so here at EDF Energy, we've taken a look at the best electric cars on the market available now or coming soon.
Our final list of the best electric cars covers all types of electric vehicles: from luxury, executive cars to SUVs and runarounds. We've considered a combination of price, range, technology as well as how enjoyable they are to drive. Our mileage estimates take into account real-world driving, providing a more realistic estimate to the amount of miles you could drive on a single charge.
Here’s our round-up of some of the best electric cars on the market now or coming soon.
Best all-round electric car
- Approximate miles: 235 miles
- Cost: From £32,995
- Available now
What Car? named the Kia e-Niro as their Car of the Year 2019 and we happen to agree. A stylish, pure electric SUV at a price comparable to petrol or diesel equivalents, it really is one of the best electric cars around. For us, it's the combination of the range and price that places this at number one of the best electric cars available right now.
This car combines everything we love about electric cars. It's a powerful drive offering great traction and acceleration. There's bags of features including all the safety elements you could hope for including smart cruise control, forward collision-avoidance assist and lane following assist. Being an SUV, space is also plentiful so it’s also a great electric for a family.
The drawbacks? The only negative we can say about this model is that it lacks a bit of style that some of the later models down our list can offer.
Kia have also seen unprecedented levels of interest since the e-Niro’s launch and the current production is currently sold out. It is, however, possible to reserve a vehicle for delivery during 2020.
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Best electric car for 2020
- Approximate miles: 185 – 340
- Cost: From £22,000
- Available from: Summer 2020
We're so excited about the VW ID.3 that it had to come in second on our list. Although it won’t be released until mid-way through next year, the whole VW ID range is tipped to offer us some of the best electric cars of 2020.
VW has invested heavily in four hotly anticipated electric concept vehicles which also includes a saloon, SUV and a seven-seater microbus but it will be the ID.3 which will be off the production line first.
The ID.3 is a five-door hatchback. It promises high-performance, all the latest technology and a choice of three powertrains. This will allow drivers to choose between standard, mid and long-range options depending on their mileage preferences.
What makes it worthy of such a high rating for us is both the range capabilities but also the price tag. This electric car also makes an appearance in our list of the cheapest electric cars. This will be another car in high-demand so reservations are recommended.
Best electric car for range
Tesla Model 3
- Approximate miles: 190 - 295
- Cost: From £34,000
- Available now
A league table of the best electric cars would not be complete without the mention of the Tesla Model 3. Tesla’s more affordable electric car, it still comes with many of the futuristic styling that we’ve come to expect of the manufacturer but without the high price tag.
It's worthy of a number 3 spot on our list due to both its phenomenal range but also its cost. It’s the first of three luxury electric cars on our list but surprisingly the Model 3 comes in cheaper than the Jaguar and Audi models.
All the Tesla models are head-turners and the Model 3 is no exception. A luxury, executive car, it’s also great to drive and comes packed full with the latest technology including autopilot drive assist.
The car comes with two options: the standard, rear-wheel drive and a dual-motor version which offers an increased mile range. Whichever model you choose, Tesla is known for offering electric cars with the best range.
Like many of the other cars in this list, there is a long waiting list.
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