An electric vehicle is an increasingly popular choice thanks to the expanding range of performance and aesthetic features these evolutionary cars offer. From hybrids, to an electric sports car for the performance freaks, the options are plentiful. Of course the major advantage is that electric vehicles are green cars so, no matter what model you opt for, you’re always making a more environmentally friendly choice. But which electric car is the right one for your lifestyle?
Car: Nissan Leaf (24kWh)
The first to emerge as part of Nissan’s electric car range, the Nissan Leaf was crowned Car of the Year in 2011 and is something of a statement choice among small electric cars. The stylish model has been designed for the real world and is especially well suited to urban dwellers with hectic routines. This hatchback is the perfect city car, compact and easy to handle but with room for yoga mats, kids or shopping – and a range of 199 km for weekend breaks. It can be fully charged in 4 hours and with the innovative NissanConnect EV system connecting to phones and tablets it ensures connectivity wherever you are.
__Car: Audi A3 e-tron __
If you’re currently cutting costs and looking for purse-friendly all hybrid cars, the Audi A3 e-tron is a frontrunner thanks to its cost efficiency. This model can be fully charged for just £1.14 so you’ll save a bundle when it comes to “fuel” costs. The Audi A3 e-tron is the ideal runabout, offering a premium motoring experience with inbuilt technology to help you drive more efficiently too. Chargeable with NewMotion charging point in just 3 hours the Audi A3 e-tron is one of the most flexible PHEV cars on the market and the ideal choice for covering shorter distances (it has an electric range of 50km).
Car: Renault Zoe
With an estimated 2-hour charging time with NewMotion station that can deliver up to a 387 km range, the Renault Zoe clearly makes a statement in terms of its efficiency and makes it the EV of choice for those with the ‘get up and go’ attitude. The five-door supermini hatchback resourceful yet low charging time is equally matched by low running costs, a full charge for just £2.87. Charging time, range and costs are arguably some of the upmost considerations for those contemplating going electric. If you want the overall EV experience the Renault Zoe delivers effortless acceleration, a boastful mileage and running costs that even by electric standards are easy on the wallet.
Car: Volkswagen Golf GTE
Volkswagen’s Golf is a multi-award winning vehicle that has long been regarded as one of the sportiest affordable options around and is now leading the way in dynamic small hybrid cars. The Volkswagen Golf GTE combines innovative electric mobility with the dynamics of a Golf GTI to offer up impressive performance plus easy drivability and a sporty aesthetic with distinctive blue highlights throughout. Those concerned about the cost to charge electric cars will find the Golf appealing too, as it can be charged for just £1.29 in 3 hours. According to Volkswagen the car can do 0-100 kmph in 7.6 seconds and get to 217 kmph top speed so it’s ideal for agility-obsessed drivers.
Car: BMW i3 94 Ah
The BMW i3 94 Ah is well suited to those who love to roam, as it has a range of around 300 km. That would take you from London almost all the way to Plymouth in the south or Manchester in the north. The five door electric vehicle is BMW's first zero emissions mass-produced vehicle and has been identified as one of the most viable EV cars on the market thanks to the reach that it has. In addition to this real world viability, the BMW i3 94 Ah is also one of the fastest cars in its class and has a distinctive electric blue colour scheme.
Car: Tesla Model S P100D
The Tesla Model S P100D is a car literally firing on all cylinders – from one of the original pioneers of green cars and rated as the "third fastest accelerating production car ever produced.” This full size electric car is the ideal option if you like your driving larger than life, from the five door design to the impressive range of more than 700 km. This sets the Tesla up as a great car for family travel - although bear in mind the longer charging time even with NewMotion Home Fast (5 hours) which makes it a better option for one off trips than roaming. Sleek design and a spacious interior provide an EV experience that is larger than life in every way.
From sporty hybrid vehicles to real world viable all electric vehicles, there are now EVs to suit just about any way of life and budget. Could 2018 be the year that an EV changes your life?