The electric car market has grown rapidly in recent years and we’ve seen a steady rise in the popularity of EVs. It’s no wonder, as technological advancements are helping electric cars go further and faster. The infrastructure of charging points throughout the UK has also increased dramatically, so there’ll always be somewhere nearby to charge your vehicle. Add to that the growing pressure (and taxes) on motorists to switch to electric cars, as well as Britain’s proposed 2040 ban (2032 in Scotland) on gasoline and diesel vehicles, and EVs look even more appealing.
In addition, electric cars are:
- Very cheap to run, saving you money in the long term
- Eligible for government grants and interest free loans (to help cover the cost of purchase and charge point installation)
- Often packed with high-tech kit and smart features, even at entry-level trim
- More likely to cost less for maintenance and servicing as they have fewer and less-complex moving parts, which should mean fewer problems
- Exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge as they offer zero CO2 emissions
- Better for the planet
Battery Power vs Fossil Fuel
With the current verve around EVs, it’s hard to believe that electric cars were first invented in the mid-1800s. Whilst those cars fell out of popularity due to being outperformed by petrol and diesel engines, today’s e-cars are a whole different breed. In fact, they sometimes outperform their fossil fuel equivalents. In addition, with an electric car:
- You often get a more spacious cabin as there’s no bulky engine taking up body space
- You get 100% power from standstill, giving you excellent acceleration from low speeds
Bear in mind though that petrol and diesel vehicles still have their own selling points. For example, if you do lots of driving up and down the country, it probably makes sense to go for a car for that offers the ease and speed of refilling at a petrol station.
The Top 10 Electric Cars in the UK
All of the electric cars on this list scored an impressive 5 stars out of 5 in Euro NCAP safety ratings, apart from the BMW i3, which scored 4 stars. The Tesla Model X is yet to be tested by Euro NCAP, but it did score 5 stars under the US rating system. Also, being based on the S Model, it’s just as likely to score as high. Read on to discover our pick of the best electric cars in the UK.