Best electric cars available in 2016

The following list shows the best electric cars available to buy and/or lease in the UK in 2016. The listing displays NGC Rating, EV range, standard charging time and highlights where the vehicle has a rapid charging option. Use the vehicle class and technology drop-downs above to filter the results and find the electric car for your needs. To search by manufacturer use the search box on the right.

The list excludes electric quadricycles such as Renault's Twizy, though they can be found by searching by vehicle class in the box on the right; to see plug-in hybrid cars available to buy in the UK use the technology drop-down in the search box above.

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Key

Plug-in
Petrol Hybrid
Plug-in
Diesel Hybrid
Electric
NGC
Rating
NGC
Approved
Official EV
driving range
Official EV
range (PHEV)
Standard
charging time
Rapid charge
option
Qualifies for
govt grant

VW e-Up! Electric Car 60kW Auto

City car 5 door / 4 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £19,795 incl. grant
NGC
22
Range
93 miles
Charge
6hrs +rapid

PEUGEOT iOn Electric 47kW Auto

City car 5 door / 4 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £12,746 incl. grant
NGC
23
Range
93 miles
Charge
7hrs +rapid

BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW Auto

Supermini 5 door / 4 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £25,980 incl. grant
NGC
23
Range
118 miles
Charge
3hrs +rapid

CITROEN C-Zero Electric Car 47kW Auto

City car 5 door / 4 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £12,746 incl. grant
NGC
23
Range
93 miles
Charge
4hrs +rapid

MITSUBISHI i-MiEV Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto

City car 5 door / 4 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £23,554 incl. grant
NGC
23
Range
93 miles
Charge
7hrs +rapid

RENAULT Kangoo Van Z.E.

Small Vans 5 door / 2 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £17,064 incl. grant +£60/mth batt.
NGC
24
Range
107 miles
Charge
8hrs (7kW)

VW e-Golf Electric Car 85kW Auto

Small family 5 door / 5 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £26,325 incl. grant
NGC
25
Range
118 miles
Charge
8hrs +rapid

NISSAN Leaf Electric Car Visia 24kWh Auto

Small family 5 door / 5 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £20,790 incl. grant
NGC
27
Range
124 miles
Charge
4hrs (7kW)

RENAULT Zoe Electric Car Dynamique Nav Rapid Charge 65kW Auto

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £15,545 incl. grant
NGC
27
Range
130 miles
Charge
4hrs +rapid

RENAULT Zoe Electric Car Dynamique Intens 65kW Auto

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats OLEV: Yes
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OTR £15,043 incl. grant +£65/mth batt.
NGC
27 est
Range
130 miles
Charge
4hrs +rapid

Electric cars in the UK

All the mainstream car makers are now offering high-quality electric models, either battery electric or plug-in hybrids, with even more models confirmed in the near future.

Electric cars offer many benefits over conventionally-fuelled vehicles: lower running costs with zero or reduced fuel, tax and congestion charges; emission-free driving reducing impact on climate change and air quality; a high tech, smooth and quiet driving experience.

Owning an electric car means a change in driving patterns and before making a purchase it is recommended that you consider your daily driving routine, charging capability of the vehicle and whether you are able to charge from home. See our EV buying guide for more information.

Best electric cars 2016
Ben Lane

Author:Ben Lane
Date Updated:2nd Feb 2016

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