Top 10 cheapest electric cars to buy in 2021

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more affordable each year. Currently, the cheapest car on the market is the Skoda CITIGOe iV at just £15,000, with many other electric cars priced around the £16,000 mark. As a rule of thumb look out for Fiat, Skoda, Mazda and Vauxhall as the cheapest electric cars in 2021.

And here, we've put together this handy list of top ten cheapest EVs on the market - all under £30,000 - based on your needs. 


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Cheapest electric cars with a great range


1. VW ID.3 Pure

Volkswagen ID.3 electric car
  • Approximate miles: 175
  • Cost: £25,000
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 45 minutes
  • Available from: March 2021


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 Pure is touted to be an entry-level version of the ID.3 range, with a slightly smaller battery at around 45kWh's and a slightly less punchy drivetrain kicking out around 148bhp. For those keen to get behind the wheel of the highly anticipated VW ID.3, there's already a number of styles and trim levels on sale now with a choice of two battery options (58kWh or 77kWh). The mid and long-range options do come at a higher price.

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2. Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208 electric car
  • Approximate miles: 217 (WLTP)
  • Cost: from £26,025
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 30 minutes
  • Available from: February 2020


On the list from 2020, the e-208 is a great little hatchback and one that we see as great value for the price. One of the most popular cars in the UK, the Peugeot 208 now comes with a fully electric 50kWh battery providing 138 horsepower.

A great city car and with an approximate range of 217 miles (WLTP), 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.

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3. Vauxhall Corsa-e

vauxhall corsa-e in orange driving
  • Approximate miles: 209 (WLTP)
  • Cost: from £26,640
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 30 minutes
  • Available: Now


The Vauxhall Corsa-e is very much a competitor to the Peugeot e-208. With a similar range of 209 miles and at a similar price range there's not much to choose from between these two. The Corsa-e comes with rapid charging capability allowing you to charge 80% in 30 minutes from a 100kW charging station.

The Corsa-e is available in three trim levels. The entry-level SE NAV Premium, the mid-range SRI NAV Premium or the top end ELITE NAV Premium. 

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Cheapest electric cars for families


4. Skoda CITIGOe iV

skoda citigo e iv exterior front
  • Approximate miles: 135
  • Cost: £15,000
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in an hour
  • Available: Now


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 the existing range as well as allowing drivers to control features remotely.

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MG ZS EV electric car
  • Approximate miles: 140
  • Cost: from £28,495
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 40 minutes
  • Available: Now


A full-electric SUV which is cheap to run and a 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 £30,000.

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Cheapest mid-range electric cars


6. Aiways U5

Aiways U5 in Silver
  • Approximate miles: 210
  • Cost: from £28,000
  • Rapid charging: Yes, up to 80% in 40 Minutes
  • Available: Expected June 2021


This is a mid-sized SUV from Chinese manufacturer Aiways. With a 63kWh battery, and a decent expected range of around 210 miles, and a 0-62 speed of 7.5 seconds, the U5 is expected to be a direct competitor to the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona. 

Aiways have packed this car with all the latest tech too. The U5 even parks itself. Flick the automatic parking switch and let the U5 do the hard work for you. We can't wait to see this one on the roads in 2021.


7. SEAT e-Mii Electric

SEAT e-Mii 2019 electric car
  • Approximate miles: 135
  • Cost: £16,000
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in an hour
  • Available in 2020


A re-badged version of the Skoda E CITIGOe iV as part of the Volkswagen AG group. This vehicle is an electric version of the conventionally-fuelled Mii but with new alloy wheels, a new dashboard, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and ambient lighting. Just the same as its sister car, the e-Mii is fully connected by a smartphone app through SEAT Connect.


8. VW e-Up! (Second generation)

Volkswagen e-Up! electric car
  • Approximate miles: 135
  • Cost: £16,000
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in an hour
  • Available: Expected 2021


Built alongside its sister vehicles, Skoda E CITIGOe iV and the SEAT e-Mii, the second-generation e-Up! is one for loyal VW fans. The first-generation e-Up! has been on the market since 2016 but this new model will benefit from an increased battery size which will double the range of the existing model.

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Cheapest electric cars for city driving


9. MINI Electric

Mini Cooper Electric car
  • Approximate miles: 115
  • Cost: £24,400
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 35 minutes
  • Available: Now


Keeping many of the features that Mini fans know and love, with its signature style and its agile handling, it’s getting rave reviews. We think its introduction will be a bit of a game-changer to the electric car world.

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10. Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e in blue
  • Approximate miles: 115 or 199
  • Cost: from 19,995
  • Rapid charging: Yes: up to 80% in 26 minutes
  • Available: 2021


Crafted for the city, the new Fiat 500e is an exciting little run-around for the daily city commute. With built-in Level 2 Autonomous Driving, this small city car has a co-driver to assist you on your drive and will brake, accelerate and stay in the lane while you drive. For those wanting to travel a little further afield, there is a mid-spec Icon trim, which comes with a 199-mile battery but for an extra £3,500. For this, you'll also get an 85kW fast charge thrown in. 

Test out an EV through hire

If you're not sure what EV to go for, or if an electric car is for you in the first place why not try one out through rental? Turo is a car sharing platform where you can hire an EV from its owner. It's a great way to try before you buy. 

Cheapest EVs to lease

Leasing an electric car could be a great alternative to buying one. We've got access to the best cars at great prices, thanks to our partnership with Drive Electric. And once you get your car, don't forget to switch your electricity to our GoElectric tariff. It's currently Britain’s lowest off-peak rate(1) for cheaper charging overnight. 

You can also get your EV home charger from us - all your electric car needs in one place!

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