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Electric cars (EVs) are quickly becoming less of a novelty, and more of a valid option for the everyday motorist.

More manufacturers than ever have an electric car offering, and many of them are exceedingly impressive.

This upward trajectory does mean that picking the right electric car for you is a little harder than it has been in previous years. We’ve narrowed down the extensive list of electric cars currently available to the pick of the bunch.

Read on to discover our top EV picks of 2019.

Audi e-tron

While electric cars – and even hybrids – once seemed intent on waving its arms and shouting about the fact that it was better for the environment, the Audi e-tron does a wonderful job of simply being an ordinary car.

To the untrained eye, it is simply another Audi SUV, and with a range of up to 241 miles, it is just as capable of taking on your daily routine as its petrol-powered rivals.

Hyundai Kona Electric

On the other end of the electric SUV scale, we find the Hyundai Kona Electric.

The Kona is in the compact SUV sector, and even in electric specification, it is one of the most capable in its segment, particularly if it is paired with the 64kWh battery, which can last for up to 279 miles.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf has been regarded as one of the most well-received electric cars since it debuted, and the second-generation version has done nothing to dent that reputation.

It’s a perfectly useable hatchback with a 168-mile range, and this can go up to 239 miles in the optional E+ battery specification.

There are now more rivals than ever vying for your electric car purchase, but the Leaf is still one of the best options out there.

BMW i3s

City cars were among the first to be mated to an electric motor, and today, there are quite a few cars that pair nimble, agile dynamics and stylish design with battery-powered underpinnings.

BMW’s i3 is a leading example of the electric city car, and its strengths are built on with the sportier i3s. It delivers the equivalent of 180bhp and is capable of 160 miles on a single charge.

Tesla Model X

While the older Model S is still a very capable car, and possibly the very best electric saloon car out there, it is the Model X that we’re giving the nod to here.

This SUV is one of the more expensive cars on this list, but it does have a 230-mile range on the entry-level model. Plus, if you do wish for the world to know that you are saving the polar bears with every mile you cover, then even those with the most passing knowledge of cars know that everything wearing the Tesla badge is fully-electric.

Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro is currently akin to gold dust, given how rare it is.

This is not due to a lack of quality or desirability though. In fact, the issue is quite the opposite, with Kia unable to source batteries quickly enough to meet demand.

The e-Niro is yet another extremely impressive compact SUV offering, and with a 282-mile range, it is one of the most practical examples of the breed as well.

Volkswagen e-Golf

Certainly, a range of 144 miles puts the Volkswagen e-Golf behind many of its rivals and every other car mentioned here, it still makes a lot of sense as a purchase.

The e-Golf is just as capable as the diesel and petrol cars that wear the same badge, which means that it is one of the most practical and useable EVs on the market, so long as your needs don’t exceed its range on a regular basis.

Jaguar I-Pace

Is this the best electric car on the market today? You could certainly make a case for it.

The Jaguar I-Pace retains all the luxury you’d expect from a Jaguar and retains a lot of that DNA in its feel while wearing a distinctive and modern body.

It has an electric range of 292 miles, too, making it one of the most useable electric cars around.

Ted Welford

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June 13, 2019

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