When electric cars first hit the roads, they had a reputation for being out of most people’s price ranges. Well, those days are over. Now electric cars are available in the same price bracket as traditionally fuelled cars, and while you can still spend a fortune on the high-end models, you definitely don’t have to.
Here are 10 of our cheapest electric cars, all available for you to drive off in and enjoy.
The Seat Mii Electric is a nifty little family number that packs all the practicality of a four-door family car into the stylings of an urban hatchback. On a fast charge, it takes around four hours to get up to 80%, with its driving best suited to city roads. Its range over motorway driving isn’t the best - around 155 miles - but when on smaller roads it can do an impressive 217 miles on a full charge.
Pros: Up to 80% charge in only an hour.
Cons: Poor range - 155 miles - over motorways and faster roads.
Nissan have been pioneers in the electric car market, and with the Nissan LEAF they regularly find themselves at the right end of the affordability scale. With a 0-60 of 7.9 seconds, the LEAF offers family practicality with a formidable performance. It gives you an impressive range of 242 miles for city driving, making it a highly affordable and effortlessly stylish urban option.
Pros: Great performance.
Cons: None, really.
If you only need a car for your daily urban commute, and you don’t plan on doing any big shops, the Smart Fortwo Coupe is a fast-charging car that will tick all your boxes. As with all Smarts it’s stylish and compact, which helps it achieve full charge in a decent 8.5 hours. Plug it in while you’re in the office and it will be ready for you to drive home.
Pros: Great city car.
Cons: Only seats two people. Tiny boot space.
The Volkswagen e-Up is a compact car that makes the most of all its space to fit in four seats. With a driving range of 160 miles on a full charge, it’s a good car for both daily commutes and family trips out, although with a fast charge time of 5.45 hours, you’ll need to plan charging points into your trip if you go too far from home.
Pros: Good use of space.
Cons: Slow charging time.
If you’re looking for the Smart style but with a little more room, the Smart Forfour Hatchback offers you an additional two seats to provide a great family car. Just like its smaller sister, it’s compact and designed for the city, with a small range of 78 miles making it ideal for the school run or a local day out.
Pros: Stylish urban car.
Cons: Limited driving range of 78 miles.
When it comes to urban driving, the Fiat 500 revolutionised the market. With the Fiat 500 Electric Hatchback, they continue this trend while being effortlessly cool. Capable of a fast charge in just two and a half hours, it’s got the same great driving experience as the original with all the added tech you’d expect from an electric car. It’s fun, all charged up.
Pros: Great all-rounder.
One of the largest electric cars on our list, the Mazda MX-30 has enough space for five passengers with ample boot room too. Its power is also large, with a battery capable of 163 miles when fully charged, and 0-60 in only 9.2 seconds.
Pros: Huge family car capable of good mileage.
Cons: 15 hours to achieve full charge.
The surprisingly spacious Renault Zoe fits five seats inside its compact chassis, and even comes with enough boot space to make it a practical family car. It offers a rapid charge time of only three hours, as well as an incredibly impressive driving range of 239 miles across combined roads. It’s a great value car that delivers plenty of style and substance.
Pros: Excellent range of 239 miles.
We said this would be a list of the cheapest electric cars for 2021, not the most practical. The Renault Twizy is a great little city car, if getting from A to B is all you need to do. It’s only capable of 99 miles on a full charge, but it will certainly prove a talking point when you reach your destination.
Pros: A real conversation starter.
Cons: Not a practical choice for most drivers.
Capable of 0-60 in only 7.3 seconds, the Mini Electric Hatchback continues the brand’s reputation of building fast, fashionable cars perfect for city centre driving. But this model goes one step further, also being great for longer distance journeys with a range of 145 miles on a full charge. Speaking of charge, the Mini’s rapid charge feature lets you get up to 80% full in only 36 minutes.
Pros: Incredibly fast charge time of 36 minutes.
Cons: Limited boot space.
Not only can you save money on an affordable electric car, you can also save a fortune on road tax. Road tax is based on your car’s emissions, and as electric cars produce zero CO2, you don’t have to pay a penny to drive them.
As it stands, cars that emit 75 g/km of CO2 have to pay £15 a year in road tax. That includes many hybrid models. Cars that produce even less CO2, including electric cars, are exempt from road tax, giving you even more of an incentive to drive them.
If you’ve decided to make the switch to green driving, we’ve got a huge range of electric and hybrid cars ready for you to lease today. Not only are they great for the environment, they also offer a great driving experience, with incredible acceleration, hill start support and a stall-free drive guaranteed.
Don’t just take our word for it. Lease an electric car today and enjoy the future of driving for yourself.