Over the past couple of years electric cars have become more and more popular, with sales seeing a sharp rise this year compared to last. The spike in sales is set to continue, as the UK becomes even more ‘car charge’ friendly. And with all the experimentation with self-driving cars, the growth will be even more pronounced, with automatically-driving cars hopefully being the next step after electric.
There are already plenty of car charge points appearing all over the UK, and Ecotricity have been working on the ‘Electric Highway’ since 2011, which now covers almost the whole motorway network in Britain. These charge points mean that electric car batteries can now be charged to roughly 80% in 20 minutes.
Although electric cars are generally still more expensive than regular cars, you’ll be offered a £5,000 grant from the government if you decide to buy an electric car. It also helps that electric cars are now getting cheaper to buy and run.
Currently the best electric car is the Nissan Leaf, and it is one of the best-selling out of the bunch. However, we’ve picked some other electric cars that you might want to go for. There is a huge range of electric vehicles available to you, whether you’re interested in buying one outright or are interested in electric car leasing.
If you’re looking to save money, then the Twizy is the cheapest on the list, and would make for a great cheap lease car. It’s also incredibly fun to drive, and will definitely grab the attention of passers-by on the street. However, this affordable town car doesn’t come with bags of storage, and has a relatively low top speed.
Volkswagen e-up! Hatchback
Like the Twizy, it’s a cheap to run option, even though it’s a bit pricier to buy than the twizy. It’s a very quiet car to run, and it comes with a huge stack of equipment such as: climate control, heated driver and front passenger seats, touchscreen sat-nav, cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
This futuristic looking car is cheap to run, and comes with some really striking looks (although this dynamic style might not be suited to everyone’s tastes). It offers drivers an easy and fun drive too, and it’s a pretty nippy ride, which is great if you live in the city. However, the boot is a little on the small side, and the car itself is expensive to buy.