The fuel and energy crises, along with rising climate issues have led to the development of electric cars, but so far, they havenâ€™t gained the prominence they deserve. An electric vehicle (EV) lets you travel in silence and produces zero emissions.
This is a list of the top 10 affordable electric cars compiled considering factors such as range, usability, and driving dynamics.
Luxury Electric Car - Mini Electric
- Based exclusively on the three-door Mini bodyshell, the Mini Electric adopts the powertrain from the BMW i3S, giving it a very healthy 181bhp and 199lb ft of torque.
- This clearly isn't a â€˜one-size-fits-allâ€™ sort of electric offering, but itâ€™s priced surprisingly competitively and, if its limitations aren't bothersome to you, could be the very car to show you how rewarding electric motoring can be.
- The pricing for Mini Electric starts at Â£24,900.
Luxury Electric Car - Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh
- Wielding a 64-kWh battery thatâ€™s enough for more than 250 miles of range at typical UK motorway speeds, or more than 300 at a slightly slower clip or around town.
- And, in this car, it comes packaged with much stronger accelerative performance than its nearest rivals.
- A bit of disappointment comes with the carâ€™s interior functionality and practicality.
- Also, thereâ€™s some frustration to be found in the carâ€™s ride and handling, which both feel somewhat compromised by its weight and the low-friction tires it uses.
- The pricing for Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh starts at Â£30,150.
Luxury Electric Car - Peugeot e-208
- Unlike other EVs on the market, the Peugeot e-208â€™s materially rich interior distinguishes it just as clearly as the stylish bodywork.
- The car rides with a suppleness missing from some smaller EVs, which often struggle to contain their body mass on the road.
- The roundedness of the e-208â€™s driving experience that really impresses.
- The real-world range is good for 170 miles of mixed-use, although it may be slightly lower if you spend extended periods of time at motorway speeds.
- For a car this size and price, thatâ€™s commendable.
- The Peugeot e-208 will carry a price tag of Â£25,050 upon launch.
Luxury Electric Car - Volkswagen ID.3
- The ID.3 is the first of the EVs to be launched by Volkswagen.
- The ID.3 comes with a motor mounted just ahead of the rear axle and a single-speed transmission.
- The only versions available at launch make 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque; a downgraded version of the same motor with 143 horsepower is coming soon.
- A battery with 58 kWh of usable energy is standard, and a 77-kWh battery is optional. ID.3 is clean and contemporary, not cutesy or overdone but quite industrial-design-like.
- It's not an intimidating or aggressive look but manages to appear serious and sporty.
- The pricing for Volkswagen ID.3 is expected to start around Â£27,000.
Luxury Electric Car - Kia e-Niro
- The Kia e-Niro provides family-friendly usability within an electric vehicle that's towards the more affordable end of the price spectrum.
- The car's 64kWh battery pack enables it to comfortably travel 230 miles on a single charge.
- A thoroughly usable, practical, pleasant-to-drive electric vehicle.
- It's roomier than almost every other EV at the price, and it rides and handles with a greater level of sophistication and accomplishment.
- The pricing for Kia e-Niro starts at Â£32,995.
Luxury Electric Car - Kia Soul EV
- Cute and boxy meets eco-friendly in the Kia Soul EV.
- The 201-hp electric motor maintains the perkiness we love about the regular Kia Soul and its cheeky exterior makes it just as eye-catching.
- Kia has blessed it with a large battery pack that can offer up to 243 miles of driving range on a full charge.
- The cabin is spacious for four adults, the material quality is above average, and there's enough luxury and tech features to satisfy mainstream car buyers.
- The pricing for Kia Soul EV is estimated at $35,000.
Luxury Electric Car - Nissan Leaf
- The Nissan Leaf boasts a range of 168 miles - rising to more than 200 in the case of the range-topping 64kWh 'e+' version.
- Itâ€™s also got significantly more power and torque than its direct predecessor.
- Performs fairly keenly; feels like a more rounded car to drive generally; and has one of the strongest showings here on daily-use practicality for a small family.
- A value proposition thatâ€™s also improved, and is now on a par with that of a mid-market, conventionally fuelled family hatchback
- The pricing for Nissan Leaf starts at $31,600.
Luxury Electric Car - Renault Zoe
- The Renault Zoeâ€™s usability has been enhanced with a 52-kWh the capacity battery in New ZOE, which allows you to drive up to 245 miles.
- Easier to use and on the cutting edge of electric performance, the New ZOE comes with brand new colors, full LED lighting signature, sleek lines.
- Inside, the New ZOE has a redesigned dashboard, refined finishing, new technology, more storage, and available with 100% recycled seat fabric that combines comfort and respect for the environment.
- The Renault Zoe will carry a price tag of Â£26,495.
Luxury Electric Car - Honda E
- Honda has taken a leftfield approach with its first all-electric car, the Honda E supermini - which is unusually compact for an electric car, and innovative in several ways.
- Inside, the modern minimalist passenger cabin utilizes tactile, contemporary materials.
- The spacious, uncluttered interior creates a comfortable lounge-like feel. It is equipped with a 154 PS electric motor.
- The Honda E delivers 315 Nm of torque. The new Honda e has been engineered to deliver an exceptional driving experience.
- The Honda E is easy to operate, with medium-paced steering but a tight turning circle, and moderate but responsive performance.
- The Honda E will carry a price tag of Â£26,495.
Luxury Electric Car - BMW i3
- The i3 has a rare quality for an electric car: multi-faceted appeal.
- It combines a luxurious, sporty exterior with a smooth drive that makes you forget itâ€™s an electric car.
- Helped by its innovative carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic chassis, which ensures the car is remarkably light.
- The 168bhp electric motor (rising to 181bhp for the i3S) offers peak torque at zero revs, and so, although the carâ€™s top speed is only 99mph.
- It has strong performance getting there which wouldnâ€™t shame a warm hatchback.
- Using that performance does impact on the carâ€™s true electric range, although the addition of a 42.2kWh battery.
- At the beginning of 2019 has finally taken the i3 through the 150-mile barrier on the real-world range.
- The BMW i3 will carry a price tag of Â£25,680.