Electric cars are becoming increasingly more popular and with manufacturers planning to launch new models over the next year, the market is set to get much more competitive and diverse.
Electric cars are becoming increasingly more popular in the UK with an influx of drivers making the switch or planning to when they next buy a vehicle.
On top of this, manufacturers are launching a host of new models and variants to satiate the demand and also to push motorists towards low-zero emissions travel.
Crucially, prices of these cars are coming down and mileage range is going up and electric models are rapidly becoming a more viable and sensible option for today’s car buyer.
Charging an electric car is also considerably cheaper than filling up a tank of petrol or diesel which will result in annual savings.
Here are the best electric cars for each taste:
The best budget option
The Renault Zoe has been ranked as the best budget option. It’s one of the cheaper options on offer, and it can also be bought on a deal where you lease the battery from Renault, making the purchase price even more affordable.
What’s more, the Zoe is smart-looking with a hi-tech interior, and also has a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
The best for long ranges
Tesla Model S
A single charge of the Tesla Model S can get you almost 400 miles, making it a more viable option for consumers wanting to do more than pop into town.
It boasts serious performance and some clever interior technology including a 17-inch touch-screen up front.
The most aspirational
BMW has delivered a truly aspirational electric car, thanks not only to its badge, but also to its sharp, innovative design.
It gives you plenty of speed and fun handling, too. The i3 car comes with a premium price tag, but you certainly get a premium product for your money.
The most understated
The e-Golf looks a lot like its non-electric counterpart, except with blue-tinted headlights and a different front grille.
And, like any other Golf, it boasts all the same attributes – meaning high quality, family car practicality and a sophisticated driving experience – but with the added bonus of zero exhaust pollutants.
The best British-built option
The British-built Leaf was the first vehicle to convince people in large numbers that an electric car was something to consider, and now there’s a new one.
Built in Sunderland, with an improved battery, more power, bigger range and better affordability, it is the perfect option for the middleweight buyer.
Auto Trader also said that it believes that the Audi e-Tron Quattro, Tesla Model 3 and Volvo XC40 Electric will have a huge impact on the UK car market when they launch here.
Erin Baker, Editorial Director of Auto Trader says: “the range of electric cars on the market is rapidly increasing, with more and more models available.
“A majority of electric cars are now capable of travelling upwards of 100 miles on a single charge and batteries are becoming more compact.
“With technologies evolving, we’ll be seeing more sophisticated EVs coming to market in the next few years.”