Considering an electric car but think they’re still too expensive?
Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of electric cars on the market. Whilst many do come with a higher price tag, there are some more affordable models out there. Within the next twelve months, we’ll see new cars from manufacturers including VW, Skoda, Seat and MG which come at a more preferable price. With electric cars costing less to run over the lifetime of the car than a petrol or diesel model, this list could help drivers make some serious savings.
At EDF Energy, we’ve been comparing a wide range of electric cars and have found the cheapest electric cars on the market. All these electric cars come in at under £25,000. Because we can’t all afford a Tesla.
Cheapest electric cars with a great range
VW ID.3 Standard range concept
- Approximate miles: 185 (standard range model)
- Cost: £22,000
- Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 45 minutes
- Available from: Summer 2020
The VW ID range is causing a bit of a stir right now. The ID.3 is the first release of their new electric car series. The size of a Volkswagen e-Golf, this five-door hatchback promises to be a high-performance electric car. The design looks great and it comes with all the latest technology.
The ID.3 comes with three different battery options providing drivers with the option to choose between standard, mid and long-range options. The mid and long-range options do come at a higher price.
- Approximate miles: 185
- Cost: £24,000
- Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 30 minutes
- Available from: 2020
The e-208 is undoubtedly a Peugeot, keeping much of the exterior and interior styling as their petrol and diesel models. A great city car but, with an approximate range of 185 miles, this is also good for longer journeys too. The car can be controlled remotely by the MyPeugeot App which allows drivers to check the status of the vehicle as well as activating, stopping and scheduling a charge.
Renault Zoe R110 ZE40
- Approximate miles: 160
- Cost: £24,320
- Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in one hour and 40 minutes
- Available now
The much-loved Renault Zoe has been on the market since 2018 and has been popular ever since. It’s spacious, fun and - with the new R110 engine replacing the old model engine - it’s now more powerful than the original model with much better acceleration.
Keep in mind though that at this cost, you’re also leasing the battery which will add to your monthly payments. The monthly battery cost will depend on your yearly mileage.
Cheapest electric cars for families
Skoda E Citigo-E iV
- Approximate miles: 135
- Cost: £15,000
- Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in an hour
- Available from: 2020
The first electric offering from Skoda and the cheapest electric car available on the market next year is the Skoda E CitigoeiV. The 100% electric, city car offers generous space for up to four people and with maximum torque provides a nippy way to get around town. The car is also fully connected through Skoda’s Connect App. This provides access to a navigation system and information on existing range as well as allowing drivers to control features remotely.
MG ZS EV
- Approximate miles: 140
- Cost: £21,495
- Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 40 minutes
- Coming soon
A full-electric SUV which is cheap to run and good value to buy. This is a pure electric version of MG’s petrol crossover. It’s similar to their nearest rival, the Hyundai Kona Electric, but without the higher price tag. With plenty of room and boot space, the car comes with all the usual safety kit such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and autonomous emergency braking. It also includes some of the latest equipment such as a great screen with Apple CarPlay, sat nav and keyless entry. A good option for those looking for an electric SUV under £25,000.