Sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs) are at an all-time high in the UK. With growing environmental concerns and social pressures coming directly from the PM, there’s never been a better time to invest.
As we race to the 2030 ban of new petrol and diesel-powered cars, the motor industry is working to make EVs as affordable as possible. Let’s face it; no-one wants to foot the bill from the low-emission zones rolling out across the nation!
For most of us, the idea of financing a new car is a tad overwhelming. To put your mind at ease, we’ve compiled some of the cheapest electric cars for you to own in 2021:
Fiat 500 Electric
Fresh off the ramps, the Fiat 500 Electric is worth a look. Coming in below the £30k price tag, the Fiat is somewhat a game-changer for the UK electric car market in 2021. Combined with the government Plug-in Car Grant (PCG) scheme, you’ll be laughing.
Perfect for the discerning city driver, the Fiat 500 Electric is not only cute, but it racks up an impressive range of up to 199 miles. So, expect to see one on your next commute to the city!
Now, here’s one of the big guns. Volkswagen’s answer to the electric age comes in their nippy and well-thought-out Volkswagen E-up. Clocking up an impressive 162-mile range, you can feel confident in your daily commute.
At less than £24k, you can bag yourself a real bargain too. With a larger battery than its predecessor and offering a comfortable way into EV ownership, the Volkswagen is worth a look.
Smart EQ Forfour
Compact and offering fun electric tech, the Smart EQ Forfour is a welcome addition to the EV family. Coming in at under the £25k mark, the Forfour is within the budget-friendly range when partnered with the PCG scheme.
Don’t get too excited about the range as it can only reach the 68-mile mark. The Forfour is undeniably more suitable for city driving.
Putting its predecessors to shame, the Renault Zoe is helping revolutionise the UKs EV consumption. With its claimed 245-mile range and included a 100,000-mile warranty, there’s a lot to like. Coming in at around £26k, the Zoe is undoubtedly attainable.
It’s worth noting that unlike previous models, the Zoe comes with batteries included! With its exciting gizmos on board, the Zoe has a lot of likeable features such as its 10-inch instrument display and cruise control.
Our cheekiest addition to the list, the Renault Twizy is technically not a car – it’s a “quadricycle!” But, with its 3.5-hour battery life and quick charging, it’s worth considering if your daily commute is considerably smaller than most.
Coming in at less than £11k, the Renault Twizy seems comparatively cheaper than others on this list. Bear in mind, as it is not classed as a car, you will be hard-pressed to find a government grant to help cut the costs.
No EV related list would be complete without the inclusion of the Nissan Leaf. 2021’s offering is bursting with more space, enticing tech and gadgets, more power and a much longer range. Coming in below the £27k mark, it is on the pricier end of the market. But, with all the new and exciting additions, the Leaf is worth your time.
Featuring the innovative ePedal, the Leaf relies on regenerative braking which charges the battery as you drive. With a real-world driving range of 168 miles, longer commutes are possible between charges.
MINI Electric Hatch
With the motoring industry battling for the spotlight, the MINI Electric Hatch is fighting strong. The ingenious minds at MINI have managed to retain the best bits of previous petrol-models without compromising on design. Incorporating battery-saving tech, you’ll be able to clock up 145 miles before needing a recharge.
Undeniably, the MINI Electric Hatch comes up on the pricier end at £34k, but with your PCG grant and financing options, you can make it affordable.
MG 5 EV
The MG 5 EV packs a punch! At less than £30k and offering up to 214 miles in range there’s a lot to like before looking at its plethora of features. Unlike its peers, the MG 5 EV is a roomy, 5-door estate. Currently, there is nothing else on the market available.
So, if you want to be EV conscious and invest in a family-friendly wagon, this is the one for you.
MG ZS EV
In the market for an SUV? Terrified of the price tag that comes with it? Well, fortunately, the innovative minds at MG have created an affordable solution to your woes with the MG ZS EV. Roomy, accessible and comparable with its petrol-counterparts, this SUV stands out.
Offering a 163-mile range and pushing the £30 mark, you won’t find another EV SUV that compares.
A commuters dream, the Honda e is a tech-laden, visual masterpiece! Offering a pop of colour to the dreary motoring landscape, the Honda e is a standout not only in looks but what it can do on the road.
Great to drive, and a nippy vehicle for tighter roads, the Honda e is an excellent addition to the EV industry. Clocking up to 137 miles between charges and around the £32k mark, it is at the higher end of the budget.
Sometimes, sticking with what we know and love makes us feel more comfortable. That’s why the Vauxhall Corsa-e is shaping up to be a hit. Retaining the look of its petrol cousins while fully embracing EV tech, Vauxhall’s answer to the electric age is exciting.
Offering a worthwhile on-road driving experience, and featuring smart styling, you can get your Vauxhall Corsa-e below the £35k mark. With a range of up to 209 miles, you do get quite the bang for your buck.
Are you ready to embrace the rise of the electric car? With 2021 shaping up to be one of the most exciting moments in motoring history, check out your next EV car today!