Affordable Electric Cars
Over recent years, figures have revealed a surge in demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs) worldwide. However, it's clear that some drivers are concerned about EVs being higher priced compared to a petrol or diesel equivalent. In order to combat this, car manufacturers are gradually introducing more affordable electric cars. Also, its important to consider all lifetime costs of owning a car, as for example, EVs are typically cheaper to service and maintain than combustion-engined cars.
That said, we’ve decided to put together a list of affordable electric cars which might appeal to you. We've also provided our own overall rating for each car based on range, safety, design and features.
1. Kia e-Niro
At the top of our list is the Kia e-Niro. With prices starting from £34,495 (After Plug in Car Grant), this delightful electric mid-size SUV combines phenomenal range, competitive pricing and excellent styling. Achieving 2019 What Car? Car of The Year Award, the e-Niro is proving to be strong competition for its rivals. The all-new Kia e-Niro has the ability to provide up to 282 miles on a single charge and features advanced technology such as Lane Following Assist and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go makes. As with all Kia models, the e-Niro is covered by a 7-year/100-mile manufacturer’s car warranty. Also, Kia even has a Niro Self Charging Hybrid car option which some motorists might prefer.
Our Car Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
This fully electric, small family car has received numerous awards and sold over 400,000 units worldwide since launch. Advanced safety tech, such as blind spot warning and intelligent lane intervention, make this a safe and appealing car to drive. Also, you can ensure you stay connected on your journey using NissanConnect Services with Android Auto & Apple Car Play. Prices for the base model start from £26,845 so could this be the ideal electric car for you? In terms of range, if you opt for the Nissan Leaf e+, one full charge can achieve up to 239 miles.
Our Car Rating: 4.3 out of 5.
The new Renault Zoe has been named Affordable Electric Car of the Year 2020 by Auto Express. This fully electric car is priced from £26,995 (After Plug in Car Grant) and offers a driving range of up to 245 miles. Also, the Zoe can reach 80% charge using rapid charging (50kW charger) in just 70 minutes. For optimum charging at home, installation of a wallbox is advised. In terms of the interior, this car has a premium finish, excellent in-car technologies and a 338-litres boot capacity. In particular, we like the range of connected services available, meaning you can enjoy a pleasant and comfortable drive. So, what do you think of the Renault Zoe?
Our Car Rating: 4.2 out of 5.
The e-208 offers a smooth and comfortable drive whilst emitting 0 g/km CO2 emissions in driving phase. The charging range for this car is up to 217 miles (WLTP), with fast and intuitive charging available. In fact, the car can reach 80% charge in only 30 minutes from a 100kW charging station. Click here for more useful information by Pod Point about charging the Peugeot e-208. With prices starting from around £25,550 (After Plug in Car Grant), this car will especially appeal to low mileage city drivers. However, if you would prefer a larger car, you might want to consider the Peugeot e-2008 SUV.
Our Car Rating: 4.1 out of 5.
5.Fiat 500 Electric
Although this has only recently become available to order, we expect the all-electric Fiat 500 to be strong competition for the MINI electric and Peugeot e-208. The base model for the electric Fiat 500 is called the 500 ‘Action’ and prices will start from £19,995. This model comes with a 24kWh battery that offers a 115-miles range. At the top of the range, the La Prima version comes with larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and a panoramic glass roof for the hatchback models. Excellent safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a surround-view camera system. The electric Fiat 500 will be the first small car with Level 2 Autonomous Driving available. This offers drivers the ultimate driving experience and shows a modern twist to this iconic Fiat model.
Our Car Rating: 4.0 out of 5.
There you have it, a selection of the best and most affordable electric cars on the market. Would you be interested in leasing one of these electric cars? If so, contact our EV leasing specialists on 0161 762 5680. At GB Vehicle Leasing, we'd be happy to answer any questions you have and talk through the options available to you.