Whether you're looking for a small electric car to drive around a busy city centre or just a daily runner to the shops, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has put together a list of the top 10 small electric cars to lease in 2021 based on style, range, zero road tax rates practicality, and overall driving experience.
The electric vehicles featured in this article:
What is a small electric car?
Small electric cars are often defined as city cars, superminis and small hatchbacks that have an average length of between 2695mm to 4726mm. Thanks to their small size, they're generally easy to park and manoeuvre, making them excellent choices for people who drive around the city a lot. Check out our Understanding Car Body Types and Understanding Car Size and Dimensions guides to find out more about vehicle sizes.
Benefits of a small electric car include:
- Cheaper to maintain
- Better for the environment
- Fast, easy home charging
- Zero to low road tax
- Low insurance
What is the best small electric car for the money?
The best small electric car for your money has to be the Volkswagen ID.3. The Volkswagen ID.3 along with the Tesla Model 3 are among the best-sellers for electric cars, with ID.3 overtaking Tesla Model 3 in the sales charts in late 2020, according to FleetNews.
For the Volkswagen ID.3 to be compared to the Tesla range is pretty impressive, as Tesla is known for dominating the electric car market due to its remarkable capabilities. But why is the Volkswagen ID.3 the best electric car for money? Well, if we compare it to Tesla again, their capabilities are pretty similar. With the ID.3 not being far off Tesla for range, offering 336 miles on a full charge compared to the Tesla Model S range of 390 miles.
As for price, the ID.3 offers incredible value for money valued at around £32,300, or from as little as £258.06 inc VAT* when leasing. Check out our latest lease deals on the Volkswagen ID.3 to view our latest lease offers.
*Prices correct at time of publication and subject to change.
What is the cheapest small electric car to buy?
The cheapest electric car on the market at the moment is the Skoda CITIGOe iV which has a price range of around £16,955, once the government's £3,500 plug-in car grant has been applied. The CITIGOe iV is the first all-electric vehicle from Skoda and is a great city car that offers plenty of space for up to four people.
The Skoda features a 36.8kWh battery pack and an 82bhp electric motor giving the CITIGOe iV a range of up to 162 miles on a full charge. To charge the all-electric Skoda from empty to 80% complete using a 7.2kw AC wall box takes four and a half hours. However, using a 40kw DC charger takes around an hour for the same charge.
If the Skoda CITIGOe iV isn't for you, there are plenty more low cost alternatives to pick from, including the Nissan LEAF to the Seat Mii Electric. To find out more, check out our handy Top 10 Cheapest Electric Cars guide.
What are the best small electric cars to lease in 2021?
If you're looking to lease a small electric car, it's vital to understand which is best for you. Below we run down 10 of the best small electric cars you can lease right now.