Battery power has never been more appealing – and motorists have never had more choice.
As auto manufacturers invest billions into the development of pure mains-powered models and their plug-in hybrid stablemates, the selection of electrics cars on the market is bigger and better than ever.
Some examples make perfect city cars, while others can travel nearly as far on one charge as a typical petrol or diesel model can manage on a full tank. The charging infrastructure is ever growing, too. Here are our top six EVs.
6: Kia Soul EV. From £29,995
Thanks to its refinement and pep, the Kia Soul EV is surprisingly better to drive than its conventional fuel-powered stablemates. The maker’s first EV is let down only by a cabin that doesn’t quite reflect its £30k price tag.
5: Nissan Leaf. From £22,330
This family hatchback was the first mainstream all-electric EV, and comes in a selection of spec levels, battery capacities and driving ranges, so there’s something to suit most driving requirements. The best thing about the Nissan Leaf is its accessible price.
4: Renault Zoe. From £18,495
Renault’s Zoe supermini is a comfortable urban runabout with four seats and a surprising amount of luggage space. It has plenty of zest and is well priced as well.
3: BMW i3. From £30,980
Wide use of alloy and carbon fibre in its structure and body panels offsets the battery weight here, making the BMW i3 very light on its feet. A low centre of gravity helps give great handling, too. We love its classy and well built cabin, and there’s an alternative model with a small petrol engine to charge it as you drive.
2: Volkswagen e-Golf. From £31,680
The Volkswagen e-Golf offers everything we all adore about the evergreen Golf hatchback – but with electric power and the attendant low running costs.
1. Tesla Model S. From £58,435
One for the well-heeled motorist, this beautifully crafted lump of hi-tech EV wonderment boasts a superb electric range and supercar-rivalling thrust. The seven-seater offers supreme luxury and superb refinement, too, and it’s all controlled by a massive 17-inch touchscreen.
There are even more great EVs on the horizon, with the full-electric Hyundai Ioniq variant and the Tesla Model 3 junior exec due in 2017. Power to the plugs-ins!