The Best Electric Cars 2021
If you're looking for an electric vehicle as your next car, you have a lot to choose from. As with any traditional fossil-fuelled car, you have decisions to make regarding your budget, the size, practicality, and style that you want. Electric cars are growing more popular than ever, what are some of the best choices for you in 2021?
1. Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 is Volvo's electrified compact crossover, and it does a noble job of hiding its extra weight and providing a smooth driving experience. At £59,985 however, it's definitely a premium product. Fortunately, it feels like it inside, with a well-designed cabin space and beautiful materials throughout. With an estimated range in excess of 200 miles per charge, it should also fit in reasonably comfortably into general family life.
2. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 has been Tesla's long-awaited provision for more affordable electric motoring. With 254 miles of range promised from even the base models, rising up to a claimed 329 miles in higher specified dual-motor models, the Tesla Model 3 is a compelling choice for those looking to travel longer distances. Other features include Autopilot and over-the-air updates. Some may be put off by the compact saloon's more limited practicality, however.
3. Honda E
The Honda E exists to put paid to the idea that electric cars can't have "character". With its mix of quirky design and a refreshing take on interior design, the Honda E is a serious contender for anyone looking for a more interesting electric car. There are some concessions that have to be made, however. The Honda E's boot space is smaller than its rivals, such as the Renault Zoe, and at £26,660, it's more expensive than its main rivals too.
4. Renault Zoe
Renault's Zoe continues to be one of the more popular choices of electric vehicle because it offers such a simple and desirable package. It's a good looking, practical, and relatively affordable electric car - what more could you want? Prices are around £26,195 and the Zoe boasts an estimated 245-mile range, which is more than respectable for a compact family hatchback. Whether new or used, the Zoe makes for an excellent value daily EV.
5. Mini Electric
The Mini Electric is the choice for those who are looking for style and some genuine driving dynamics from their EV. It doesn't have the range of some of its rivals, so with sensibility in mind, it's not going to be your main option. But if you're looking for a fun and stylish EV that handles better than its competition, the Mini Electric truly starts to come into its own. It's also one of the few options available as a three-door hatchback.
6. Hyundai Ioniq
The Ioniq is available either as a full EV or as a PHEV (hybrid), depending on your needs. The Ioniq doesn't boast a class-beating range by any means, at 193 miles, however, it offsets this by being one of the more affordable cars in its class. The Ioniq is perfectly suitable for those who are looking for a no-nonsense family car. It's spacious, comfortable, refined, and should offer a painless ownership experience due to a lengthy warranty.
7. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf remains a ground-breaking, albeit flawed electric car, however, now that version 2.0 has come along, there is far more competition. The Leaf is still a superbly capable family electric hatchback, however, boasting up to 239 miles of estimated range on the E+ models. The Leaf is somewhat let down by fussy exterior styling and uninspiring interior design, but it remains a practical and intelligent choice for a multipurpose daily EV.
8. Volkswagen ID 3
The ID 3 is a part of Volkswagen's ongoing committed drive towards electrification, and it offers a compelling package. It's good looking, has a stylish interior, and is all wrapped up in a vehicle no larger than the Golf. The ID 3 drives well and is suitably refined, however, there have been bugs aplenty with the infotainment systems, and certain buyers may feel that a price tag that can easily be put in excess of £40,000 is simply too much.
9. Porsche Taycan
The Taycan is Porsche's first foray into electric cars, and it's hard to argue against the fact they've hit a home run. The Taycan is an exhilarating drive, offering keen driving enthusiasts spirited handling and phenomenal speed, all with the serenity and refinement expected of an electric car. Expect to pay for the privilege of being behind the wheel, however, with prices starting at £83,000 and rising rapidly with the addition of a few options.
10. Ford Mustang Mach E
Many motoring enthusiasts are up in arms over Ford's choice to add the Mustang branding to their new electric crossover, however, naming aside, it's a phenomenally competent first effort. Refined, stylish, and highly practical, the Mustang Mach E offers a range of 270 miles on the all-wheel-drive version, rising to 305 miles with the rear-wheel-drive version. Prices start from roughly £40,000, which is suitably in line with the Mach-E's premium feel.
Choosing the right EV for you
There are so many EVs available now that it's truly up to you what you prefer in your daily vehicle. Whether you're looking more for practicality and room for the family, something stylish and premium to fit in with your lifestyle, or something that offers you some genuine driving pleasure, you have plenty of choices available. More and more people are realising that integrating an EV into their daily life is even easier than they first expected. As battery technology improves, infrastructure develops, and EVs continue to become more popular, range anxiety will slowly fade away. An EV makes perfect sense for a daily driver as they offer comfort, serenity, and refinement as you tackle your necessary everyday journeys. Whether you're a true car enthusiast looking for a refined daily driver, or you're just looking for an affordable family car that's easy to live with, you have plenty of EVs to choose from. If you're looking for great leasing deals on an Electric car, get in touch with our team at Car & Van Lease Supermarket today.