Top 10 cheapest electric cars to buy in 2020


Considering an electric car but think they’re still too expensive to buy?

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.

EDF have compared 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


1. VW ID.3 Standard range concept

Volkswagen ID.3 electric car


  • 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.


2. Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208 electric car


  • 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.

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3. Renault Zoe R110 ZE40

Renault Zoe electric car


  • 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.

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Cheapest electric cars for families


4. Skoda CITIGOe iV

Skoda Citigo-E iV electric car


With plenty of room this is a perfect fit for any family. The Hyundai Kona Electric comes in two versions making it one of the most versatile electric cars on the market. The difference between the two versions is just the battery pack.

  • 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.

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MG ZS EV electric car


  • 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.

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Cheapest mid-range electric cars


6. 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.


7. 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 in 2020


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.



Cheapest electric cars for city driving


8. 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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9. Smart EQ ForTwo coupe

Smart EQ ForTwo coupe electric car


  • Approximate miles: 65
  • Cost: £17,695
  • Rapid charging: No
  • Available now


An excellent city car with lively performance, the ForTwo will cater for those looking for a cheap run-around that’s fun to drive. The ForTwo retains many of the features that we’ve come to love about the original smart models – small and nifty with a great turning circle. This zero-emission addition comes with a range of features including touchscreen and parking sensors. The downside is, like the title suggests, this is a car for two.

The car unfortunately cannot rapid charge but a charge at home would take just 3.5 hours.



10. Smart EQ Forfour

Smart EQ Forfour electric car
  • Approximate miles: 55
  • Cost: £18,190
  • Rapid charging: No
  • Available now


Another edition to the smart family, this car shares the same electric motor as the ForTwo but is a four-seater. Like the ForTwo, it’s nippy and fun to drive but its low range may put buyers off. Just as the ForTwo, this version also can’t rapid charge so charging would be limited to a slower charge of around 3.5 hours.


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