- Nissan Leaf
- Renault Zoe
- Honda e
- Volkswagen e-Up!
- BMW i3
- Kia Soul EV
- Fita 500 Electric
- Smart EQ Fortwo
- Mini Electric
- Volkswagen e-Golf
If you’re looking to buy your first car, then going electric can be a great choice. Electric vehicles (EVs) can be very easy to drive, there’s much less that can go wrong with them compared to traditional cars, charging them up is usually cheaper than buying petrol or diesel, and they often come with the latest and greatest tech. Oh, and since they’re zero emission you might be able to avoid certain road taxes and charges while helping the planet too. No wonder over half of young drivers say they want to buy an EV next, according to an AA survey.
But what’s the best electric car for you? If you’re new to driving, getting your head around all the variations between individual EVs can be a bit of a nightmare. What’s an acceptable range? Which brands offer ‘beginner’ cars? What sort of tech do you need, and what can you do without?
To help you on your way, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best first electric cars we believe are ideal if you’ve recently passed your driving test.
Considerations when buying your first EV
In many ways, electric vehicles are an ideal option for new drivers. Since they’re easy to drive and maintain, many new drivers find them easier to get on with compared to petrol or diesel alternatives.
The big stumbling block, however, is price. New and used EVs are usually more expensive than petrol or diesel equivalents today, which can make them seem unaffordable up front. However, by weighing up the costs of running an EV compared to other fuel types, you might decide that in the long run, they work out as cost-competitive.
For more tips, read our article on buying your first car, where we summarise several tips for buying a first vehicle such as:
- Setting a realistic budget
- Deciding to buy used or new
- Knowing about different car types
- Safety considerations
- How and where to buy
- Tips to make sure you don’t get ripped off
- Warranty and insurance
10 best electric cars for teens and new drivers
Whether you need an EV for commuting to work, driving to college and uni, or weekends away with friends, our list of the best first electric cars for new drivers will help you narrow down your options.