Renault’s successful supermini, now in its second iteration, looks and feels sleeker than the ZOEs of old and boasts a more powerful output this time around. There’s still a choice of two motors – the 80kW unit from the previous version, plus a brand new 100kW option for added kick when you need it most. There’s also an option for rapid charging. On a single charge, you can travel an impressive 242 miles – that’ll get you from Glasgow to Liverpool with energy to spare.
Third time’s the charm with the latest version of the BMW i3. This new and improved i3 offers twice the capacity of the original with its range increased to 188 miles on a single charge. That’ll allow you a round trip from Manchester to Leeds – twice! But if its range wasn’t enough, there’s plenty more to shout about with the i3. Namely its punchy performance, rapid charging capacity and plenty of tech inside its surprisingly spacious cabin. It’s also a doddle to park, too – making it perfect for city drivers.
Tesla Model S
Tesla’s Model S has been a mainstay in the EV market since its initial release in 2012, thanks to the company’s commitment to innovation and continuous upgrades. If range anxiety is your main barrier to going electric, then the Model S may have what you’re looking for – it can travel 379 miles on one charge. That should take care of a week’s commute for most. But if it doesn’t, don’t worry. You can quickly and conveniently charge the Model S on longer journeys, thanks to its ultra-rapid charging capability and access to Tesla’s Supercharger network.
Hyundai Kona Electric
It’s a crossover, and it’s electric, which is where the Venn diagram of the UK’s car buying habits intersects. And if you want range, but don’t want to commit to a more expensive I-Pace, how does 279 miles sound? Best of all, the Kona Electric doesn’t compromise on style or tech – expect lots of soft-touch materials throughout the cabin along with a premium sound system and wireless phone charging.
If the Kona Electric sounds tempting, but you’re worried about space for the whole family – this might be the car for you. Kia’s e-Niro compact SUV boasts almost all of the Kona’s big plusses (right down to an identical powertrain) with the addition of lots of handy storage spaces throughout, extra legroom in the back and a bigger boot, which has space to fit five sets of carry-on luggage. It’s practical without skimping on style and it just nudges ahead of the Kona in terms of range, too – a very respectable 282 miles.